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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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John Davidson was born in Perry County, Tenn., on February 22, 1843, and is a son of Levi Davidson, deceased. John Davidson came to McDonald County Mo., in 1853. During the late war he served in the Confederate army, as a member of Company D, Col. Smith’s regiment, and participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, Helena, Prairie de Hand, Marks Mill, Poison Springs and others. His wife was Sarah Brown, a daughter of Murphy Brown (deceased). They were married in December, 1867, and are the parents of ten children, viz.: Fannie J., Ozro, Josephine, Alonzo, Monroe, Rosco, Oscar, Mollie and Myrtle (twins) and Lola. Mr. Davidson is a farmer and stock raiser, and is the owner of 172 acres of land, upon which he has a good home. He is a member of the Farmers’ Alliance and Masonic order.

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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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