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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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Francis M. Gann, who is also classed among the prominent and enterprising citizens of Dallas County, was born in Hamilton County, Tenn., March 12, 1848, and is the son of Cornelius and Lydia (Morland) Gann, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina, respectively. The father was born August 3, 1819, and died in Dallas County, Mo., December 3, 1875. The mother was born in 1817, and is still living on the old homestead in Washington Township, Dallas Co., Mo. They were married in Tennessee, where they lived until 1853, when they came to Webster County, Mo., and there resided until 1857. They then came to Dallas County, and located in the neighborhood of where their son, Francis M., now lives. He was a successful farmer, the result of industry and good management; was a Republican in politics, and both he and wife were members of the Baptist Church for many years, he being deacon of the same. In 1861 he enlisted and served six months in the State Militia, or Home Guards, then enlisted in Company B, Twenty-fourth Missouri Infantry, Federal Army, and served until honorably discharged at St. Louis, Mo., in the latter part of 1864: He was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Tupelo, Miss., Pleasant Hill, La., and many other skirmishes. To his marriage were born ten children, our subject being the fourth: Sarah E., Martha J., Delilah, Francis M., Thomas (deceased), Nancy, Sallie, James M., John and Henry D. Thomas was born March 12, 1850, and died November 1, 1888. Of this family Francis M. is the eldest son. He remained at home and assisted in taking care of the balance of the family until seventeen years of age, or until August, 1864, when he enlisted in Company F, Sixteenth Missouri Cavalry, Federal Army, and served until June 23, 1865, he being the youngest soldier in his regiment. September 10, of the last named year, he married Miss Clara J. Alley, a native of Kentucky, born November 23, 1847, and the daughter of Wiley and Charlotta (Shelton) Alley. This union was blessed by the birth of ten children, viz.: James W., who died when seven years of age; Rebecca Ann, wife of T. F. Legan, a farmer of Dallas County, Mo.; John W., at home; Martha J., at home; Starling C., also at home; George R., died in his third year; Marion, Joseph, Franklin N., Lucy E. and Thomas J. When first married Mr. Gann began life as a farmer, and this he has since continued. He is the owner of a well-located and well-improved farm, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, Mr. Gann at present being clerk of the same. He is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the G. A. R.

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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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