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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski 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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Daniel A. Claiborn, farmer and merchant at Hancock, Mo., was born in Smith County, Tenn., in 1839, and is a son of Onsley and Frances (Robertson) Claiborn, who were born in Virginia and Tennessee, in 1802 and 1814, respectively. Both are yet living, and reside in Camden County, Mo., whither they had come from Tennessee in 1849. The father is a farmer, and in 1850 was elected judge of the Camden County courts, serving two terms. Six of his eight children are now living: John L., William F., Susan J. (Stone), N. T. (Mitchell), Elvira E. (Barr) and Daniel A. The paternal grandparents are Daniel and Anna Claiborn. The maternal grandparents, David and Mary (Hunter) Robertson, came from Tennessee to Missouri in 1839, where they engaged in farming. David Robertson was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was at the battle of New Orleans. Daniel A. Claiborn resided in Camden County, Mo., until the breaking out of the late Civil War, receiving a common-school education, and in 1862 enlisted in Company D, Twenty-ninth Missouri Infantry, United States Army, and participated in the battle of Chickasaw Bayou, in which he was wounded in the arm by a minie-ball, which necessitated amputating the limb. He was taken to the hospital at St. Louis, and returned home the following March. In 1863 he was married to Miss Jane E. Huffman, who was born in Camden (now Laclede) County, Mo., in 1845. She is a daughter of M. J. and Elizabeth (Daniels) Huffman, being one of their ten children, whose names are as follows: Jane E. (Claiborn), Mary (Arnold), Caroline, Robert, Susan (Biggs), Missouri (Blakely), Martha (Bean), John, and Jacob and Jesse (twins). Two hundred acres of Mr. Claiborn’s fine 800-acre farm are under cultivation, and he has a nice residence and good bearing orchard. He also owns a general mercantile store in Hancock, which has been established since 1887. He is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are the parents of the following family: Onsley, H. A., Eddie, Drura, Fannie, Belle, Inauda, Carrie and Arthur. Mr. Claiborn served two terms (or from 1882 to 1886) in the county court of this county.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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