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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Charles Porter Smith, a farmer and stock raiser of Sulphur Springs, McDonald Co., Mo., was born in Cocke County, East Tenn., on August 20, 1843, and is a son of Lewis Smith, deceased. Charles P. secured a good common-school education, and chose farming as a vocation. He served two and one-half years in the Civil War, in the Federal army, as a member of Company A, Seventh Indiana Volunteer Cavalry, and, among other engagements, participated in the battles of Okalona and Guntown. After the war he returned to his native county, but came to Missouri in the spring of 1869, settling in Lawrence County. In the fall of 1870 he removed to McDonald County, locating on Big Sugar Creek, and came to Sulphur Springs in February, 1888. His marriage with Lovina H. Bible was celebrated on May 9, 1866, and to them have been born two children, Frances L. and David L. Mrs. Smith is a daughter of Lewis Bible (deceased), and both she and Mr. Smith are zealous members of the Baptist Church. In politics Mr. Smith is an adherent of the principles of the Republican party, and is a member of the G. A. R.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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