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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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Solomon M. McGee, one of the prominent and enterprising citizens of Jackson Township, Dallas Co., Mo., was born in Hardeman County, Tenn., May 8, 1836, his parents being William and Louisa (Martin) McGee, natives of North Carolina and Kentucky, respectively. The father was born April 2, 1802, and died in Dallas County, Mo., in 1872, March 1. The mother was born in 1815. They were married in Tennessee, and lived in Hardeman County of that State until they came to Missouri, and located in Taney County, in November, 1851, coming in March, 1854, to Dallas County. They then located where the subject of this sketch now resides, and here the mother is still living. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was also Mr. McGee, who was a Republican in politics. He was a farmer and stock raiser, and although he left his people in North Carolina and started out with little or no means, he was very successful in all his business enterprises. They were the parents of ten children, Solomon M. being the second child, and eight of whom are now living: John O., Solomon M., Delila B. (wife of Jacob Drake), Mary Ann (wife of P. T. White), Margaret (wife of Jerome H. Powell), James W., Frances (wife of I. J. Wingo), Louisa T. (wife of John Popejoy). Those deceased were named Jane and William H. Solomon M. McGee remained at home until twenty-one years of age, when he began for himself as a farmer and stock raiser, which occupation he has since continued. September 2, 1858, he married Miss Margaret E. Robbins, a native of Sangamon County, Ill., born December 15, 1841, and the daughter of William and Catherine Robbins. To Mr. and Mrs. McGee have been born a large family of children: Gilson F., William K., Dialtha C. (wife of Nathaniel Dornan), Amanda F., Rosie E., Jacob, John T., Solomon A., Martin L., Charles E., Sarah Louisa. Gilson F. is a farmer in Christian County, Mo., and the remainder of the children are at or near home. July 29, 1862, Mr. McGee enlisted in the Eighth Missouri Cavalry, Company A, Federal Army, and served until July 20, 1865, when he was honorably discharged at St. Louis. He was in the battle of Prairie Grove and in many skirmishes. Mr. McGee is not a member of any church, but takes an active part in church support. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and is a Republican in politics; is also a member of the G. A. R.

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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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