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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 S. Elmore, a farmer and stock raiser, is a native of Illinois, and was born in Schuyler County, March 21, 1831. His father, Thomas Elmore, was a native of North Carolina, and when a child six years old accompanied his parents to Tennessee, where he remained until he became a man. He married Anna Saylors, a native of South Carolina, but reared mostly in Tennessee. They moved to Illinois in the fall of 1830, locating in Schuyler County, where they remained until their deaths in 1879 and 1880. J. S. grew to manhood in Schuyler County, Ill., on the farm. There he married, on February 17, 1850, Miss Nancy Tweedell, daughter of Matthew Tweedell, of that county. Mrs. Elmore was born in Hardin County, Ky., coming to Illinois at the age of five years, with her parents, where she was reared and educated. After their marriage J. S. farmed for five years, and then, in the fall of 1855, moved to Missouri, and located in Adair County, where he entered 180 acres of land, which he proceeded to improve, and to which he has since added. He now owns 600 acres (some in Macon County), 440 acres constituting the home place. These are all fenced and improved. His house is a good, substantial, two-story building, and he has a new barn. The orchard contains about 800 apple trees and a variety of other small fruits. He served a while in the militia. Mr. and Mrs. Elmore have nine children: Delphine (wife of Colman Comb, of Kansas), T. O. (deceased at the age of twenty-seven), Victory (wife of Joel Hood, of Adair County), Ollie (wife of William W. Dougherty, of Macon County), Sabinia (wife of Byron Workman), Sylvina (a young lady), Emory, John A. and E. A. Elmore. Mrs. Elmore is a member of 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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