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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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James R. Smith, farmer, of Tavern Township, Pulaski Co., Mo., was born on the 27th of January, 1857, in Cole County, Mo., and is a son of Thomas M. and Cena (Messersmith) Smith. He resided in his native county until eight years of age, when he was brought to Pulaski County, being reared to manhood on a farm near Crocker. He received a good public school education, and subsequently attended school in Richland two terms. He remained with and assisted his father on the farm until he reached manhood, and at the age of twenty-three years began the battle of life for himself. After coming to Crocker he was engaged in teaching school for two years, and in September, 1878, was married to Miss Zula Overbey, a daughter of James B. and Jane Overbey. She was born in North Carolina, and was quite small when brought to Missouri. She grew to mature years, and married Mr. Smith in Pulaski County, and has become the mother of five children: Minnie M., Rosa N., Edna E., James T. and Ida J. One child died in infancy. Mr. Smith settled on his present farm previous to his marriage, and is now considered one of the prosperous agriculturists of the county. In his political views he supports the principles of the Democratic party.

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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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