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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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J. S. Thurston, a dealer in harness and saddlery, of Urbana, Dallas County, was born in Benton County, Mo., in 1857, and is a son of William S. and Matilda V. (Phillips) Thurston. William S. Thurston was born in Kentucky in 1832, and the following year was taken by his parents, William S. and Polly Ann (Stanley) Thurston, to Benton, now Pettis, County, Mo. He went to Iowa in 1880, and in 1881 enlisted in the Missouri State Militia, and served one year. He returned to Benton County, Mo., in 1866, and in 1871 located in Dallas County. He is a farmer and stock raiser, and the father of thirteen children, of whom the following are still living: J. S., Maggie A., Sally, Robert, John C. and Nancy A. The paternal grandfather of our subject was born in Kentucky in 1793, and died in 1839; he did honorable service in the War of 1812, for which his widow received a pension. Mrs. Matilda Thurston was born in Wisconsin in 1836, and was a daughter of Hiram Phillips, a farmer and stock dealer of that State: she died in 1882. J. S. Thurston spent his early life in Iowa and Missouri, removing, from Iowa to Missouri in 1864 or 1865, and settling in Dallas County in 1868. November 26, 1878, he married Miss Emma Lindsey, a native of Hickory County, Mo., who was born in 1858, and is a daughter of Lycurgus and Lucy (Toby) Lindsey, the former born in Kentucky in 1829, and the latter in Indiana in 1837. Lycurgus Thurston is a farmer, and in 1861 he enlisted in and served as captain of the Home Guards at Preston, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey are the parents of seven children, of whom five are living, viz.: Josephine, Emma, Matilda, Laura and Eugene. Amos Lindsey, father of Lycurgus, was born in Kentucky in 1787, and died in 1877; he married Polly Madison, an own cousin of President James Adams. Mr. and Mrs. Thurston are the parents of three children, viz.: William Lycurgus, Shepherd Oscar and Thomas Fulton. Mr. Thurston owns fifty acres of land, as well as a house, two lots and two acres of land in Urbana. Politically he is a Republican. He has served as deputy sheriff of Dallas County two 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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