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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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Marion Francis Bennett was born in Clark County, Ill., September 10, 1844, and is a son of Philip and Ann (Marrs) Bennett, natives of Nelson and Monroe Counties, Ky., respectively. The former’s birth occurred on the 31st of December, 1810, and his death in Dallas County, Mo., April 5, 1886. His wife was born September 22, 1813, and their marriage was consummated in Illinois, and they continued to make that State their home until 1855, when they took up their abode in Dallas County, Mo. Their union was blessed in the birth of eight children who lived to be grown, seven of whom are now living: William M., John C., Marion Francis, Lafayette, Philip A., Paulina J., wife of William Joyner, and Margaret, wife of Monroe Cofer. Those deceased are Emerson, who was twenty-six years of age at the time of his death, and two infants. Marion Francis Bennett resided with his parents until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in the State Militia, and served until 1863, when he became a member of Company I, Sixteenth Missouri Cavalry, and was in the service the remainder of the war, then turning his attention to the peaceful pursuits of farming and stock raising, which occupations have proved tolerably successful under his skillful management. He is a stanch Republican in politics, and served as postmaster of Spring Grove for five years. February 3, 1867, he espoused Miss Mary O’Bannon, a daughter of John O’Bannon, one of the first settlers of Dallas County. She was born in Dallas County, Mo., May 17, 1848, and has borne a family of ten children: William S., George W., Edith, John O., Lizzie, Ann, Philip, Maude, James L. and Arthur.

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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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