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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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Nathaniel L. Bennett. Among the prominent citizens and farmers of Dallas County, Mo., may be mentioned Mr. Bennett, who was born in Maury County, Tenn., November 27, 1835, being a son of Moses G. and Sarah (Woolard) Bennett, natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Maury County, Tenn., the former’s birth occurring April 9, 1813, and the latter’s March 2, 1817. Both are yet living, and reside in Dallas County, Mo., with their children. Moses G. Bennett is a Democrat in politics, and is a very successful farmer, and accumulated a great deal of property by industry and close application to business. He has been quite extensively engaged in stock dealing, and always finds a ready market for a great deal of his stock near home. Five of his ten children are now living: Nathaniel L., Harriet (wife of J. D. Newport), James C., Martha J. (wife of J. W. Jones), and John M. Besides his own children he has given a good home to five orphan children; the following are the names of his children who are deceased: Mary, Lockey A., Margaret D., Jackson and an infant. Nathaniel L. Bennett remained on the home farm until twenty years of age, and then engaged in farming and stock raising on his own responsibility, and is now the owner of 300 acres of as good land as there is in Dallas County. He has given considerable attention to raising blooded horses, many of which have won good records on the race-track, and also makes a specialty of training horses for driving and the saddle. His cattle are of the Short-Horn and Galloway breeds, and he was the first man to introduce good hogs in the lower part of Dallas County, they being of the Poland-China and Berkshire breeds. He has also handled Cotswold sheep. His farm is abundantly watered, and is admirably adapted for stock purposes. After serving in the State Militia for about six months during the late war, and participating in the battle of Lexington, he, in 1863, joined Company I, Sixteenth Provisional Cavalry, United States Army, and served until the close of the war, being in the following engagements: Jefferson City, West Point, Boonville and a number of others. March 6, 1856, he was married to Elizabeth Henson, a daughter of Benjamin Henson. She was born in Dallas County February 14, 1842, and became the mother of ten children, all but two now living: Moses W., who died when an infant; Mary F., wife of N. C. Stafford; Harriet D., Sallie E., who died August 21, 1888; Lucinda J., Albert D., Ben D., Jack T., Edmond and George M. Mrs. Bennett is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and Mr. Bennett is a member of the A. O. U. W. and the Union Labor lodge.

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