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Samuel Burdell Neilson
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Samuel Burdell Neilson

Photos by Debby Crofford

Home of Dr. Samuel B. Neilson

Samuel Burdell Neilson

Samuel Burdell Neilson was born in Buncomb County, North Carolina. After their home was burned by the yankees during the Civil War, they moved to Hunt County, Texas. On the way they stopped and spent the night at the home of Dr.Chapman. The next morning as they perpared to leave, their host said " that wagon is is heavily loaded. This is a fine boy, leave him with me and I'll teach him to be a doctor". This began the boys medical education.
Dr. Chapman took Sammy with him on rounds each day teaching him anatomy and other medical facts along the way. He later attended the Featherstone School in Ladonia. When he was ready, he attended Missouri Medical College in St. Louis. After earning his M.D., at the age of 21, he came back to King Community and began his practice on a borrowed horse.
He married Laura Elizabeth Little and moved to Ladonia where they built their home and lived off their land on Bonham St. which still stands today. The Neilsons were devout Methodists and believed in Education. They reared six sons of which are 2 lawyers, one dentist, one school teacher, one doctor, and one accountant.Of their four daughters, one married a doctor, one became a teacher and married a teacher, and two married lawyers.


Clipping photo of Dr. Neilson Above
Tombstones in the Ladonia Cemetery of Dr. S.B. Neilson and wife, Laura E. Neilson.


Biography by the L.H.P.S.


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