Stories about ROBERT COATS PUNTY, M.D.


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Little has been recorded about Mahala, daughter of Nathan Boone. Discovery of fragments of the tombstone a couple of years ago, which was apparently never placed on her grave, added more data about her short life. The ancestry and career of her husband are found in the old History of Greene County, Missouri. St. Louis, Western Historical Company, 1883, Page 689:

ROBERT COATS PUNTY, M.D. Dr. Punty was the son of Thomas and Sarah (Rives) Punty, and was born in Warren county, Kentucky, July 7, 1820. His grandfather, Robert Punty, was born in Franklin county, Virginia, and emigrated to Kentucky in 1806. His grandfather, upon his mother's side, Burwell Rives was also of Franklin county, Virginia, and came to Kentucky about the same year. Robert Coats Prunty lived in that State until he was nineteen years of age, receiving his education at Bowling Green. In 1839 his parents moved to Greene county, Missouri, and purchased the place upon which the doctor is now living. His father died September 10, 1860, upon the homestead, and his mother died in McLean county, Illinois, March 18, 1864. Robert read medicine under Drs. Shackleford and Gerham., and began the practice in 1845 at Ash Grove. His health failing he went to Virginia, and on his return stopped in Warren county, Kentucky, and practiced four years in the vicinity of his birthplace. While making his home in Kentucky, he attended the medical department of the Missouri State University, at St. Louis, that department of the University being then in that city, and graduated in 1847. He was married January 18, 1848, in this county, to Miss Mahala S., daughter of Col Nathan Boone, who was the eighth child of Daniel Boone. She died November 2, 1849, leaving one child, now Mrs. Belle Boone Bowden of Springfield. The doctor was married the second time to Miss Olevia Shipp, of this county, in January 1854. She died in 1859, and he married Mrs. Mary F. McGown, on the 22nd of March, 1863. Their union has been blest with four children, viz: Burwell R., Matilda P., Amanda J., and Mary F. In 1863, Dr. Prunty went to McLean county, Illinois, and sold goods at Leroy for some time. He then sold out and practiced medicine at Down's Station until his return to this county in 1868. He practiced two years at Ash Grove, and then moved back upon the old homestead, where he has since been engaged in farming and stock trading."

Boone Pioneer Echoes, Volume 13, Number 2, April 1971, Page 11.

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