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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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Ezekiel Lindsey, an early and prominent settler of Dallas County, Mo., has been a resident of the same since 1836, whither he came with his parents, Sterling and Mary (Azbell) Lindsey, from his native State of Tennessee. He was born in Lawrence County September 7, 1819, and there received a fair English education, and made his home with his father until the latter’s death. He spent two years in the Cherokee Nation, and in 1850 went to California, taking the overland trip, and after mining two years in that State returned home, and in the fall of that year purchased a drove of mules, which he took to Texas, being absent until 1854. He then returned home and married, but took his wife to Texas with him, and there made his home until 1868, serving during the late war on the frontier. In the fall of that year he returned to Dallas County, Mo., and has since resided on his present farm of 220 acres, the greater part of which is under cultivation. He deals some in stock, is engaged in fruit growing, and up to 1880 was in the mercantile business, but has since been occupied in farming. He was first married to Mrs. Elizabeth A. Tinnell, a daughter of Col. Miles Vernon, by whom he had nine children, seven now living: Larissa (wife of Greenstreet Mitchell), Vivia and Alice (twins, wives of D. M. Bush and Thomas Booth, respectively), Luella (wife of A. Bottom), Nellie, Melvin and Lester. The mother of these children died December 8, 1883, and in July, 1885, Mr. Lindsey wedded Mrs. Martha A. (Bridges) Hucaby, a daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Hogg) Bridges, who settled in Polk County, Mo., in 1845. Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and he is a Royal Arch Mason, and is one of the prosperous farmers of the county. His parents were born in the Eastern States, and were early immigrants to Tennessee. The father was born in 1797, and after residing in Tennessee for a number of years moved with his family to Dallas County, Mo., and located near Louisburg, on the prairie, where he took a “squatter’s claim,” and after the land was put on the market by the Government, entered eighty acres. He erected a very primitive log cabin, in which he lived for a number of years, and then made better improvements. All their clothing was home-made, and at that day a suit of jeans was considered a very handsome outfit. Neighbors were very scarce, but the woods and prairies were covered with wild game of nearly all kinds, and Mr. Lindsey has many a time stood on the prairie and seen a drove of 100 deer. He was a skillful marksman, and his cabin was always plentifully supplied with choice wild meats. He and wife became the parents of twelve children, but only six are living at the present time: Ezekiel, Sterling W., Mary (wife of Henry Sawyer), Elizabeth (wife of William Hale), Emily J. (wife of J. Drum) and Hannah B. (wife of T. J. Hayes). Those deceased were Eliza, Drucilla, William C., John J. and Daniel A.

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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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