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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries 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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Thomas L. Travis resides on a farm of 360 acres in Jefferson Township, Maries Co., Mo., fourteen miles northeast of Vienna, where he located in 1870. He was born in the State of Tennessee in 1844, and obtained a limited education at the common country schools of his native State. September 1, 1869, he married Susana Rogers, who was born in Gasconade County, Mo., in 1843, and is a daughter of Alexander S. and Delinia Rogers, the former of whom was born in Virginia in 1804, and died in Maries County, Mo., about 1876; he was an early settler of Osage County, Mo., where he served as county judge eight years. Mrs. Rogers was born in Tennessee in 1808 and died in Osage County, Mo., in 1854. Of the eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Travis seven are living, viz.: Emma, Alfred (deceased), Samuel, Laura, Oliver, Mollie, Eva and Nora. The parents of Mr. Travis were W. H. and Catherine (Vance) Travis, whose sketch appears with that of John J. Travis, a brother of our subject. Thomas L. Travis has 125 acres of his farm under cultivation, and is one of the well-to-do and enterprising farmers of the township, an influential citizen, highly respected by all who know him. Mr. and Mrs. Travis are members of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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