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Below is a family biography included in The History of Osage County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Dr. William T. Mahon, a practicing physician and surgeon of Chamois, was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1852, and is a son of Dr. Thomas J. and Rebecca B. (Baker) Mahon, natives respectively of Virginia and Franklin County, Mo., the former born in 1815 and the latter in 1824. When about twenty-one years of age Thomas J. Mahon removed with his parents to St. Louis County, Mo., where he married, and when our subject was about three years of age removed to Linn, Osage County, where he rented a farm until 1878. In the latter year he removed to Medora, where he conducted a hotel until 1884, when he located at Chamois. He is a cooper by trade, and November 6, 1888, was elected coroner of Osage County. Rebecca B. Mahon, mother of our subject, was a daughter of Thomas Baker, a native of Pennsylvania, and a blacksmith and farmer, who was one of the earliest settlers of Franklin County, Mo. He is now living near Cuba, at the advanced age of ninety years. Mrs. Mahon died in 1886. The paternal grandfather of Dr. William T. Mahon, was William Mahon, who was of Scotch descent, and was a soldier in the Mexican War. He died in Osage County at the age of seventy-five years. Dr. William T. Mahon received his early education at Linn, Osage County, subsequently attending nearly two years the State University at Columbia. The following three or four years he engaged in teaching and surveying, in the meantime pursuing the study of medicine. In 1874 he attended a course of lectures at the Cincinnati Medical College, and again in 1876-77, graduating in 1880 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Keokuk, Iowa. He practiced at Medora in 1877, and since 1880, with the exception of one year spent in Bates County, he has continued his practice at Chamois, where he is one of the leading physicians, and enjoys a large and lucrative practice. In December, 1877, he married Georgie, daughter of John C. and Harriet Bryan, natives of Tennessee. Mr. Bryan served as county judge of Osage County at one time, and is a prominent citizen and well-to-do farmer. This union has been blessed with three children. Dr. Mahon is a Republican politically. Mrs. Mahon is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 52 biographies included in The History of Osage County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Osage County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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