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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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John J. Montgomery, a well-known farmer of Lincoln Township, Dallas County, was born in Pulaski County, Mo., in 1826, and is a son of William and Nancy (Ballew) Montgomery, natives of North Carolina. William Montgomery was born in 1792, and was a farmer and blacksmith; he moved from North Carolina to Tennessee, from there to Crawford County, Mo., and later to what was then Pulaski and is now Dallas County. He served as justice of the peace in Pulaski County for several years, and was one of the first county judges of Dallas County; he died in 1853, and his wife, who was born in 1800, died in 1854. They had twelve children, five of whom are still living, viz.: John J., Margaret A. Morrow (formerly Margaret Davis), Charity C. Poynter, Thomas J. B. and Nancy E. Leckie. The paternal grandfather of our subject was John Montgomery, of North Carolina, a farmer by occupation. The maternal grandfather was Jesse Ballew, also a native of North Carolina, who located in Missouri about 1820. John J. Montgomery spent his early life in Pulaski and Dallas Counties. In 1850 he went to California with his father, where they farmed and kept a hay-yard until 1855, when he returned to Dallas County, Mo., having been very successful financially. In 1861 our subject enlisted in the Missouri State Militia, under command of Capt. Williams, where he served one year, and then enlisted in Company D, Eighteenth Missouri Volunteers, Confederate Army, under command of Col. Hunter; he participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Helena, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Saline River, and served until the close of the war. In 1856 Mr. Montgomery married Julia W. Clark, who was born in Indiana in December, 1836, and is a daughter of George and Nancy (King) Clark, natives, respectively, of Vermont and Kentucky. Three children have blessed this union, viz.: John William, Gilford W. and Allie Virginia. After the war Mr. Montgomery moved to Texas, where he remained three years, and then returned to Missouri, where he has since lived. He owns about 600 acres of land, 100 acres of which are under cultivation, and which he devotes entirely to farming. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Politically he is a Democrat.

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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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