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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 P. Andrews, a physician and farmer of Urbana, Dallas County, is a son of Mark and Virginia W. (Thompson) Andrews, and was born in Buffalo, Mo., in 1847. Mark Andrews was born in Virginia in 1812, and was a physician by profession, practicing medicine for several years in Dinwiddie County, Va., before his removal to Dallas County, Mo., where he also engaged in the practice of his profession until his death, which occurred in 1866. He had twelve children, of whom nine are now living, viz.: Martha Darby (only child by a previous marriage), Virginia Fletcher, Emily Darby, Lucy Beser, Harriet Coon, Joseph Andrews, Susan Darby, Mark Andrews and John P. Andrews. The paternal grandfather of our subject died of small-pox in the army, during the War of 1812. John P. Andrews spent his early life in Dallas County, Mo. He subsequently attended college at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and later read medicine with Drs. Slavens & Vaughn, of Urbana, having previously been engaged in school-teaching. In 1873-74 he taught in the Urbana High-school, and the following year the Morrisville School. In 1876-77 he had charge of the Dadeville School, and in 1877-78 was principal of the Rondo Institute, Polk County. In 1881 he entered the St. Louis Medical College, which he attended three consecutive terms, graduating in 1884. He then returned to Dallas County, and immediately began the practice of his chosen profession at Urbana, in partnership with Dr. Vaughn, his former preceptor. In 1874 Dr. Andrews married Miss Rintha Hightshoe, who was born in Indiana in 1849, and is a daughter of David and Elizabeth (Burne) Hightshoe, natives of Ohio and West Virginia, respectively. Of the seven children born to Dr. and Mrs. Andrews, five are now living, viz.: Henrietta V., Zula B., Alice, Eolla and Bessie. The Doctor is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics his sympathies are with the Republican party.

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