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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Judge Andrew J. Elmore, a farmer and stock raiser of Wilson Township, is a native of Illinois, born November 24, 1839, in Schuyler County. He is a son of Thomas and Anna Elmore, and a brother of William C. and John S. Elmore, whose sketches precede this. He spent his youth on the farm, and in April, 1861, enlisted in the Sixteenth Illinois Infantry. He was discharged before the expiration of his term, and returned home, but re-enlisted in August of the following year, in the Ninety-fourth Illinois Infantry, under Col. Orm, serving as private, all through his time. He participated in the fight of Prairie Grove, Ark., which was one of the hardest of the all-day engagements. His regiment was the one that led the advance at sunrise, driving the enemy from Prairie Grove to Van Buren, skirmishing all the way. The next principal fight was at Vicksburg, when they were around and in front forty-seven days. He received a slight wound in the hand at that place. The next and last engagement of importance was at Red River. He was taken sick that fall, and obliged to go to the hospital at New Orleans, where he remained until he went home on a furlough. In four months he returned to New Orleans, and was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps. In a short time he accompanied that regiment to Washington City, via steamer, at which place they did provost duty. They then went to Scranton, Penn., to enforce drafts, and were there when Lee surrendered, and at the time Lincoln was assassinated. From there he went to Hartford, Conn., where he was mustered out July 5, 1865. He then returned to Illinois but in the fall of the same year located in Adair County, Mo., where he was united in marriage, March 12, 1866, to Emma C. Standeford, daughter of Michael and Matilda Standeford. Mrs. Elmore was born in Indiana, and reared in Illinois and Missouri. Previous to his marriage our subject had bought the land upon which he now resides, and has since increased his possessions. He now has 385 acres, 320 in the home place all fenced and fairly improved. He has a good, large residence, with ordinary barn and outhouses. His orchard consists of about 300 apple trees, and some cherry and other fruit trees. Mr. Elmore was elected trustee and treasurer of Wilson Township, and was associate judge of the county court. He is identified with the Democratic party. Mrs. Elmore is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Nine children have been born to them: Anna (wife of Harvey Powell, of Florida), Nora V. (wife of John E. Davis), Fanny (a young lady), Thomas E., James S., John B., Lulie, Arley, and Gracie, the baby.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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