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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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George O. Laughlin, a prominent farmer of Mountain Township, McDonald Co., Mo., was born in Morgan County, Ind., on August 23, 1838. His father, Melvin A. Laughlin, came to McDonald County about 1839, and located on Big Sugar Creek, at the mouth of Trent Creek. The latter and family first lived in a tent, among thousands of wild animals, snakes and Indians. George C. Laughlin secured a limited education in the subscription schools held in the rude log cabin school buildings of those early days. During the Civil War he served seven months in the Confederate army, as a member of Capt. Clanton’s company, in Gen. Greene’s regiment. On June 16, 1861, he was united in marriage with Jane E., a daughter of John P. Hall (deceased). Mrs. Laughlin died on January 30, 1868, leaving two children, Lois E. and M. Sidney. Lois married Harvey Lawson, of McDonald County, and has two children, Jane and an infant daughter. Sidney married Rebecca J. Clanton, by whom he is the father of one child, Theodore. On March 12, 1869, Mr. Laughlin married again, choosing for his second wife Rachel C. Shipley, a daughter of John Shipley, and to them have been born four children, of whom one, Leonidas, is deceased. Those living are Rosa L., John S. and George O. Rosa married Roy Harper, of Center Township, McDonald County. Mr. Laughlin is the owner of 225 acres of land, and devotes his whole attention to agricultural pursuits. He takes little interest in politics, and has never sought official honors. Both he and wife are zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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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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