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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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D. M. Gammon is a merchant of Louisburg, Mo., and was born in Roane County, Tenn., August 1, 1841, his parents being George and Malinda (Galbreath) Gammon, who were born in Virginia, but were reared and married in Tennessee, whither they had moved at an early day. They remained in that State until 1860, and then came to Dallas County, Mo., and located on what is known as Four Mile Prairie, where they purchased a large tract of land and resided until their respective deaths. D. M. Gammon is one of eight surviving members of their family of eleven children, and received his education and rearing in his native State. When about twenty years of age he came to Missouri with his parents, but continued on his western course, and resided in Kansas for about eight months. In March, 1862, he rejoined his parents, and enlisted in Company B, Fourteenth Missouri State Militia, which was consolidated in February, 1863, with Company A, Fourth Missouri State Militia, and served until April, 1865, being a participant in the battle of Prairie Grove and several hard skirmishes. At Air Rock, Mo., he was wounded by a gunshot in the right knee, and was taken to the hospital, where he remained about fourteen months. After receiving his discharge he returned home, and was engaged in husbandry until 1875, when he began merchandising at Louisburg. He has been deputy postmaster of the town for several years, and is a member of the I. O. O. F. In 1865 he espoused Miss Margaret Knox, by whom he has six children: Charles O., Leonard T., William, Eva, Margaret and Stella. Mr. Gammon is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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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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