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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 S. Edmisson (deceased). In giving a history of the prominent and progressive citizens of Dallas County, the biographical department of this work would be incomplete without mentioning the Edmisson family, who have been represented in Missouri since 1837, at which date John S. Edmisson and his parents, Emanuel and Nancy (Johnson) Edmisson, located in Washington Township, Dallas County, where they entered land and were among the first settlers. He was born October 20, 1820, in Hardin County, Tenn., but received a fair education in the schools of Dallas County. July 8, 1847, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Wollard, and removed to Washington Township, where he was robbed and killed by the militia on the night of the 25th of September, 1863. He was a very successful farmer and stock dealer, and all his property was acquired by his own energy and judicious management, as he started in life a poor boy and received no assistance from his parents. He held a number of offices in the county, and had been clerk of the Baptist Church, of which he was a member, for a number of years. Five of his seven children are now living: George T.; Louisa B., wife of James L. Randle; Richard C.; Nancy M., wife of John H. Williamson, and Robert N. His wife is still living, aged sixty-one years, and after his death she was married to Dr. George Davison, of Murray County, Tenn., by whom she became the mother of two children: Joshua S., and Mary J., wife of John A. Brown. The Doctor died January 4, 1887, and was a member of the Christian Church, and also came to Missouri when seventeen years of age. His wife’s parents were Nathaniel and Margaret (Hardison) Wollard, natives of Murray County, Tenn., where also their daughter Elizabeth was born, November 29, 1827. They came to Dallas County about 1837, and settled on a farm in Washington Township, where the father was killed by the militia September 1, 1863, his house having been robbed and burned by them. He was a minister of the Baptist Church, and was a peaceable and law-abiding citizen. Emanuel Edmisson died at the home of his son, John S., in Jackson Township, in July, 1857.

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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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