Dr. Randall Poindexter, physician and surgeon in Cave Township, was born in Clark County, Ind., in 1831, the son of Clevius S. and Nancy (Holland) Poindexter, the former of French origin and born in Virginia, The father was a child when his father, Gabriel, left Canada for Clark County, Ind., where Clevius was
married. He entered and bought land, so that he became owner of 200 acres. He died about 1836, when but thirty-nine years of age. The mother was a native of Virginia, and died in 1854 at the age of fifty-two. Six of their five sons and two daughters are living. Our subject, the fifth child, was educated at New Albany, Ind., in the public schools, and from his twentieth year wielded the birch for three years. His chosen profession also occupied some of his attention during these years, under the direction of Dr. Field, of Jeffersonville, Ind., whose instruction he followed for four years, and in 1857 graduated from the University of Louisville (Ky.) as an M. D. He had practiced during his vacations, and now located in Gallatia, Saline County, but soon, in 1881, removed to his present practice. In June, 1857, he married Helen M. Root, a native of Hiram, Ohio. Their children are Ida F. (wife of George Wilmore), Randall E., Mary A. (wife of Dr. A. J. McIntyre) and John E. The Doctor lost his wife in 1867, and the next year married Julia M., a daughter of George W. and Lucy Tate, a native of Smith County, Tenn. George B. is their only child. The Doctor has been one of the leading physicians of the county for a quarter of a century, and has a lucrative practice. He owns 170 acres of land, and is pleasantly situated. Formerly a Whig, he is now a Republican, and first voted for Fillmore. He is a Master Mason, and he and his wife are Methodists. In September, 1861, he enlisted in the Fifty-sixth Regiment as first assistant-surgeon. He was in active service nearly two years, and on regimental service most of the time. He was at the siege of Corinth, but on account of ill health was compelled to resign.