PARHAM, DR. E. H. M. - Dallas County, Arkansas | DR. E. H. M. PARHAM - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Dr. E. H. M. PARHAM

Oakland (Fordyce) Cemetery
Dallas County,
Arkansas

November 9, 1816 - April 24, 1908
Dr. E. H. M. Parham, Physician and surgeon, Fordyce, Ark. Dr. Parham, whose time since residing here has been entirely devoted to the relief of suffering humanity, was born in Brunswick County, VA. In 1816, and is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Parham, natives of Dinwiddie County, VA, where they resided many years after marriage. They then removed to Brunswick County, of that State, and there the father died, in 1857, at the age of ninety-three years. His wife died a few years before. He was justice of the peace for some time, was deputy sheriff of Petersburg, and was a successful agriculturist. His father, Ephraim PARHAM, was of English descent, and was among the early colonists of Virginia. He passed his last days in that State. The maternal grandfather William Batte, was of English descent, and was a wealthy farmer of Prince George County, VA. He also died in that State. Dr. E. H. M. Parham was next to the youngest of thirteen children born to his parents, and is the only one living. Of the children, Thomas and William were both successful physicians, and graduates of the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia. The former died in Dallas County, Ark., and with the exception of our subject, was the only one ever came west. Dr. William died in Virginia, and was the father of Prof. William C. Parham, who is known throughout Arkansas as one of that State's best educators, and is at present a professor of ancient languages in the Female College, at Williamsburg, Ky. Dr. E. H. M. Parham received a good common school education, and later took up the study of Greek and Latin, Sacred History, ect., and prepared himself for college. In 1843, He graduated in medicine at the same place where his elder brother had graduated, and at once began practicing in the county of his birth, meeting with unusual success until 1857, when he moved to Northern Mississippi, and one year later to Dallas County, Ark. There he continued his practice with his usual success until 1884, since which time he has lived in Fordyce, where he still has a good practice. He is one of the oldest physicians in Dallas County, and one of the oldest in Southern Arkansas, having practiced for nearly fifty years. He was the owner of about 1,000 acres of land, and good property in Fordyce, all the result of his own efforts since the war. He was married in March, 1843, to Miss Tobitha A. Barner, a native of Brunswick County, Va., and was the daughter of John and Sarah Barner, natives of the Old Dominion, where Mr. Barner spent all his life. He was a well-to-do Farmer. His brother, Harrison Barner, was a solider in the Revolutionary War, and was in the battle of Guilford Court House. To the Doctor and wife were born two children: Robert W. (a farmer), and Elizabeth (who died at her father’s, in Dallas, Ark.). In politics the Doctor has been a Democrat all his life, and his first presidential vote was for Van Buren, in 1840. He has been a member of the A. F. & A. M. for over thirty years, demitted from Holly Springs Lodge. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in good standing, for forty-five years. Dr. Parham lost his helpmate and faithful companion through life may 21, 1889. She was sixty-six years of age. Their son Robert W., when about seventeen years of age, joined the Confederate army, with Capt. Earl, Third Arkansas Cavalry, and fought in nearly all the Confederate States, and at the close of the war was a special scout of Capt Shannon, of Texas. He was with Gen. Johnston’s army in many severe engagements, and was absent nearly five years. He was educated in Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas, and was married January 3, 1867, to Miss H. J. ENGLISH, who was born and reared in Texas, and died August 25, 1887, at the age of thirty-nine years, leaving six children, four sons and one daughter living. She was also a member of the Methodist Church. Robert W. also lives in Fordyce, but still carries on the farm.

Contributed on 2/25/08

Record #: 14026

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Submitted: 2/25/08 • Approved: 6/21/16 • Last Updated: 6/24/16 • R14026-G0-S3

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