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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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James B. Dodson, clerk of the circuit court, and county recorder, was born in Adair County, Mo., April 12, 1801. He was reared on a farm, and was educated at the State Normal School from 1879 to 1883. After this he taught school for several terms, and read law with Millan & Johnston, a leading law firm of his town and county. In 1886 he became the Republican nominee for his present office, and was elected by 837 majority. He serves with satisfaction as an officer, and is popular as a citizen. He is a leader of the younger element of his party, and, for one of his age, has gained considerable reputation as an orator and public speaker. Isham B., the father, was a native of Kentucky, and was born in Wayne County on December 7, 1818. The mother, Nancy J. Murphy, was born in Illinois. The parents moved to Missouri in 1841, and located in Adair County. He served in the Federal ranks as major, throughout the war. He was prominent also in civil life, serving as sheriff in Adair County, and besides representing the county in the Legislature. He was a member of the constitutional convention that emancipated the slaves, and also served two terms in the State Senate. He also practiced law here for several years previous to his death in 1879. The mother and her ten children still survive him. Most of the family are members of the Christian Church, of which the father was also a member. At present James B., with his three brothers and one sister (Don, Will, Bently and Effie), live with their mother on Dodson Street, in the southern suburbs of the city, near the old home, and almost within the shade of a magnificent elm set out by their father in the early settlement of the county.

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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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