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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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James M. Martin was born near Chattanooga, in Hamilton County, Tenn., on October 21, 1832. His father was John Y. Martin, a native of North Carolina, who immigrated to Johnson County, Mo., in 1840, and died there in 1874. James M. secured a good education in Chapel Hill High-school, in Lafayette County, Mo. He afterward entered the teacher’s profession, and taught school for thirty-three years, mostly in the public schools. A part of the time that he was engaged in teaching school he farmed during the summer seasons. Coming to McDonald County in February, 1876, he settled where he now resides, in White Rock Township, on Little Sugar Creek. Here he owns over 233 acres of land, of which about ninety-five acres is well improved, and he devotes his time now exclusively to farming and stock raising. His marriage with Cassandra E. Brown was celebrated in April, 1856. Mrs. Martin is a daughter of John W. Brown, who now resides with her. He is a native of Tennessee, who came to Greene County, Mo., in 1839, thence removing to McDonald County a few years later, soon after which he settled where the subject of this sketch now resides. Both Mr. and Mrs. Martin are consistent members of the Baptist Church. In politics he endorses and supports the principles of the Republican party.

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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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