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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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John J. Dawdy was born in Kentucky, June 19, 1828. He came with his parents to Illinois in 1830, and located in Woodford County. His parents, John and Eliza (Glase Brooks) Dawdy, were natives of Kentucky. Our subject was left an orphan in early years, and was educated in Knox County. In 1850 he married Mary F., a daughter of William P. Attebery; she was a native of Kentucky, but was reared in Woodford County, Ill. After marriage he moved to Hardin County, Iowa, and from there to Macon County, Mo., in 1858. Two years later he settled on his present farm. He first bought 200 acres, which he has now increased to 415, 300 of which are well improved. His chief occupation has been farming and trading. His children are William, Clara (the wife of J. Bragg), Peora (the wife of B. Bragg) and Frank (who has been educated at Kirksville and other places). Mr. Dawdy is a member of the F. & A. M. order, while his wife belongs to the Christian Church.

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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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