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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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Shadrach S. Testerman, a pioneer settler of McDonald County, Mo., was born in Ashe County, N. C., on June 24, 1828. He is a son of Thomas Testerman (deceased), also a native of Ashe County, N. C. Shadrach S. was educated in the pioneer log school-house, with split-log seats, puncheon floor, clapboard door and roof, the latter having knees and weight poles, and puncheon on pins in the wall for desks. For light there was a vacant place made by leaving a log out. The pupils wrote with goose-quill pens, using maple-bark ink. Mr. Testerman never saw a steel pen until he was grown. He removed to Hancock County, Tenn., in 1845, and came to McDonald County, Mo., in 1851, settling in Pineville Township. He located on his present farm in 1854, at which time wolves, deer, turkeys, wild­cats and other animals were plentiful. Mr. Testerman was married on October 3, 1850, to Mary A. Testerman, a daughter of William Testerman, deceased. Seven children were born to their union, three of whom, Patrus, Albert and Emma, are living. Patrus married Sarah Warren, and resides in Pineville. They have four children, viz.: Mollie, Lewis, Lloyd and Clyde. Albert married Mary Thurman, and is the father of two children, Lawrence and Shadrach. Mr. Testerman has a nice farm of 110 acres, and devotes his time to its cultivation. He served as justice of the peace for a short time, but resigned his position. During the Civil War he served in the Union army as a member of the Missouri State Militia. Politically he is a stanch Republican. He is the oldest settler of his neighborhood, and remembers when he had his milling done at a little corn-mill on Sugar Creek, six miles distant, to which he went on horseback. Here he had both his corn and wheat ground, the latter being bolted by hand. Mr. Testerman is highly respected, and is a consistent member of the Christian Church.

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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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