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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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M. G. Lovan. The manufacturing interests of Dallas County, Mo., are ably represented by M. G. Lovan, who is a manufacturer and dealer in harness, saddles, hardware, etc., and is also treasurer of the county. He was born in Hopkins County, Ky., August 22, 1842, and is a son of William M. and Maria (Carnahan) Lovan, who were also Kentuckians, the paternal grandfather being one of the early pioneers of that State. The father of our subject was reared on a farm in his native State, and after his marriage learned the saddler’s trade, which occupation he followed most of his remaining days. From 1844 until 1847 he resided in Greene County, Mo., and at the latter date removed to Dallas County, locating in Buffalo, where he worked at his trade for several years, but died in Polk County, Mo., in 1875. His wife died in Dallas County, having borne a family of seven children, five of whom are living: James R., Marshall G., Mary E. (wife of John O’Bannon), Henry G. and Gertrude (widow of Peter Wilson). Marshall G., whose name heads this sketch, was brought to Missouri when two years of age, and was educated in Buffalo, where he also learned the harness and saddler’s trade of his father, which calling he has since followed. In 1862 he enlisted in the Missouri State Militia, which was afterward a part of the Eighth Regiment, and after serving three years was discharged in April, 1865. In 1878 he was elected county treasurer, and served by re-election three successive terms, and was again elected in 1886 and re-elected in 1888. He has been a prominent citizen of Dallas County for a great many years, and was married in 1864 to Miss Mary E. Bledsoe, by whom he has five living children: Alfonso B., Leonidas, Ida, Marshall E. and Edmund A. Mr. and Mrs. Lovan are members of the Baptist Church, and he is a stanch Republican in his political views.

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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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