SOVEREIGN G. POPPLEWELL, M.D.
From the 1887 History
of Vernon County, Missouri, p. 682:
Sovereign G. Popplewell, M.D.
(Physician and Surgeon,
Among physicians throughout this county
Dr. Popplewell is well known and recognized as an able and prominent
member of their profession. Only recently he has located in Nevada, but
he is by no means unknown here, for a residence of a number of years in
Montevallo township contributed to give him an extensive acquaintance.
His present abode at Nevada is for the purpose of allowing his children
more favorable educational advantages than they could otherwise obtain.
Dr. Popplewell can trace his descent direct from France. Sovereign
Popplewell, his father, was a Kentuckian by birth, but came to Missouri
in 1837, where he devoted himself to farming. His father (our subject’s
grandfather), Simeon, was also of Kentucky nativity, and the son of an
old Virginia pioneer. Sovereign G., the fourth of eight children and the
only son now living, was born in Miller county, Mo., October 26, 1847.
His mother’s maiden name was Mary Merideth, formerly from Tennessee. He
grew up as a farmer’s boy, dividing his time between working on the home
place and attending school, where he received a good common education.
Later on, after selecting medicine as his profession, he prosecuted the
study of this science with Dr. W. J. Lansdown, and subsequently attended
medical lectures at the Keokuk Medical College, from which he was
graduated in the class of 1876. Previous to this event he had commenced
practicing in Montevallo, having gone there in 1870; and during his home
in that locality he built up a patronage highly complimentary to his
standing as a physician. Personally he has always been very popular and
it is recorded of him that his presence in the sick room would often
result more favorably than the medicines which he prescribed—a fact
greatly in his favor. At this time he is the owner of 430 acres of
excellent land in Montevallo township. November 6, 1873, Dr. P. was
married to Miss Rebecca J. Avery, of Illinois. They have three children:
William H., Annie M. and Mabel C. The Doctor is a member of the Masonic
Order, belonging to both the Blue Lodge and Chapter.