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Below is a family biography included in The History of Texas 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 G. Elliott. The manufacturing interests of Texas County, Mo., are ably represented by Mr. Elliott, who is the proprietor of the Elliott Foundry, which house was established in 1875. Its original dimensions were 20x40 feet, and was run by horse-power, but it is now a building 40x120 feet, and is fitted up with some of the very best machinery to be had, his engine being twelve horse power and of the best make. His iron-work is all done during the summer months and his wood-work during the winter season, some of the products of his establishment being all kinds of farm machinery, such as plows, cane-mills, etc. On starting his foundry he was the owner of twenty acres of land, but he now owns 206 acres and is one of the prosperous men of the county. He was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, September 21, 1834, his parents being Thomas and Lucy (Sanders) Elliott. The father was born in Ireland, and was brought to the United States by his parents when five years of age. They located in Ohio, but in 1856 went to Sangamon County, Ill., where Thomas died in 1879, at the age of sixty-five years. His wife died in Ohio about 1842. Four of their sons are yet living: Simon, who is a moulder by trade, resides in Kansas; Nathan is a farmer of Johnson County., Mo., but in his younger days was also a moulder; Thomas is a blacksmith and moulder of Sangamon County, Ill., and Daniel G., our subject. At the age of twelve years the latter entered his father’s wagon and general machine shop, in which he worked until sixteen years of age, at which time he had become such a skillful workman that he commanded journeyman’s wages. In 1853 he went to Ohio, and engaged in business at his father’s old stand, where he remained until 1862, then enlisted in Company H, of the Ninety-seventh Infantry, and served as orderly-sergeant until May 15, 1865, when he was mustered out at Columbus, Ohio, having participated in many battles, among which were Stone Hill and Missionary Ridge. After the latter battle he was on detached duty the rest of the war, and then returned to Ohio, and resumed business at the old stand until the spring of 1867, when he located on a farm in Texas County, Mo., but soon after gave this up and worked at carpentering and other mechanical work until 1875, since which time he has been engaged in his present business. April 26, 1855, he was married to Catherine Henderson, who was born in Ohio in 1835, and by her is the father of three children: Sanders S., Mary Lucy, wife of James Tate, and William T. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a member of the G. A. R. and a Republican in politics.

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