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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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Thaddeus S. Tinsley, Sr., of Dallas County, Mo., is a descendant of an old Virginia family, who immigrated to Tennessee at quite an early day. His parents, John and Alice (Mulkey) Tinsley, were born, married and spent their lives in Jackson County, Tenn. They were farmers by occupation, and became the parents of fifteen children, eleven of whom are yet living: William, Philip, Emily, Ruth, Amos, Milton, Elizabeth, Thaddeus S., Martha, Lucretia and Lucinda. Thaddeus S. Tinsley is of English origin, and was born on the 31st of March, 1832, in Jackson County, Tenn., and received his education and rearing in his native county. He was married in 1854 to Miss Julia A. Fowler, of French descent, by whom he has ten children: John H., married to Mary Hendrickson February 1, 1883; Lydia, wife of R. A. McCowan; Alice, wife of J. L. Hendrickson; Lee, Vanus E., T. S., May, Zela, Clay and Idylle. In 1873 Mr. Tinsley immigrated with his family to Dallas County, Mo., where he eventually became the owner of 700 acres of land, but has sold some, and given to his children, until he now only owns 315 acres, with about 225 acres under cultivation. He has given the most of his attention to stock raising, as his farm is well adapted for this purpose, and in this occupation has been more than ordinarily successful. He and wife and eight of the children are members of the Church of Christ, and their two sons, Lee and T. S., are ministers of that church.

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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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