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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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C. C. Lightner, of the firm of Lightner Bros., proprietors of a general store in Urbana, Dallas County, was born in Lewis County, Mo., August 6, 1852, and is a son of J. M. and Elizabeth (Snapp) Lightner, natives, respectively, of East Tennessee and Vermilion County, Ill., and born in 1828 and 1834. The parents located in Hickory County, Mo., in 1859. J. M. Lightner was a blacksmith and farmer. In 1861 he enlisted in the Missouri State Militia under Capt. Lindsey, and served three years. He died August 23, 1885, the father of three children, two of whom are living, our subject and George W. The paternal grandparents of our subject were Christopher and Nancy (Glass) Lightner. The former, a blacksmith by trade, was born in Pennsylvania, and was of German descent. He died in 1861. C. C. Lightner spent his early life in Dallas County, Mo., and attended the common schools; he afterward attended Johnson’s Commercial College of St. Louis, where he graduated in 1878. When eighteen years of age he began life for himself, and chose farming and stock-raising as an occupation, which he abandoned in 1878, and with his father and brother established his present business, under the firm name of J. M. Lightner & Sons. In 1884 the firm became Lightner Bros., under which style it is successfully conducted. October 4, 1873, Mr. Lightner married Miss Ellen Bower, a native of Dallas County. She was born in 1855, and is a daughter of E. and Pelina (Yeager) Bower, the latter of whom died in 1881. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lightner, viz.: Georgia C., Jessie L. and Rosa Cornelia. Mr. Lightner is a Democrat politically, and has served as postmaster of Urbana for more than six years.

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This family biography is one of 74 biographies included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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