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Ellerslie L. Dooley

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Ellerslie L. Dooley was born in Maury County, Tenn, November 8, 1843 and is a son of William A. Dooley and Sarah Joice, natives of the same county. The father, a farmer and trader, of Scotch-Irish descent, was born in 1821, and died in 1878. The mother was born in 1827 and died in Memphis Tenn in 1873. In this family there were fifteen children, nine of whom are now living, eight in Arkansas and one in Tennessee. Ellerslie, the eldest of the family, received his education at Jackson College in Columbia, Maury County, Tenn and after removing to Memphis with his parents, soon entered the Confederate service in the First Tennessee Regiment Cavalry under Capt Baker, being wounded at Rocky Hill Station by a bullet through his left foot. He afterward joined the Forty-eighth Tennessee Regiment Infantry and was discharged before the battle at Corinth, on account of disability. He was at the battle of Farmington Miss and was elected first lieutenant in the Eighteenth Mississippi Battalion, Company F serving two years as captain on account of the disability of the commissioned officer of that rank. He also participated in the engagement at Brice's Cross Roads where he was wounded in the right leg besides which he was in the battles of Harrisburg and West Point in Mississippi and many skirmishes. At the close of the war Mr. Dooley settled in DeSoto County Miss., at Horn Lake, and married Miss Anna Harris, who was born in Georgia in 1844, being the daughter of Hardy Harris and Eliza Jones. She became the mother of eight children of whom William H., Phesington V. and Walter M. are living. In 1880 Mr. Dooley moved to Morrilton, Conway County Ark and in 1884 to Aplin. He has 245 acres of land on Fourche La Fave River, about 120 under cultivation, forming one of the best farms in Perry County. In 1886 he was made a member of Aplin Lodge No. 444, A.F. & A.M.; is also a member of the K. of H., and of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He is a Democrat politically and an enterprising, popular and esteemed citizen.