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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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David T. M. Crow, farmer, of Sherrill Township, was born in Morgan County, Ala., January 6, 1833, and is the son of Dickerson and Malinda (Matkin) Crow, born in South Carolina and Kentucky in 1809 and 1808, respectively. When young both moved to Morgan County, Ala., where they married and lived until 1837, when they came to St. Francois County, Mo., and three years later to Texas County, settling five miles north of Licking, on Spring Creek, where the mother still lives. Although starting with little means, Mr. Crow soon became a well-to-do farmer, and was a prominent citizen of the county. During the war he represented Texas County in the Legislature; had been a Democrat before that time, but after peace was declared he affiliated with the Republican party. Both he and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died July 7, 1870. In their family were ten children, nine sons and one daughter, of whom our subject is the third in order of birth. He assisted his father on the farm, and attended the common schools, being obliged to walk as far as five miles to attend the same. At the age of twenty-one he commenced for himself by farming, which has been his business ever since. November 1, 1859, he married Miss Martha J. Burnes, a native of North Carolina, born February 20, 1832, and to this union were born four children: James F., Jennie (deceased), Lucy (deceased) and Jacob D. In August, 1861, Mr. Crow enlisted in Company B, Bowen’s battalion, in which he served about a year, and was then transferred to the Tenth Missouri Cavalry, United States Army, where he served three years. He was in a number of minor engagements. After the war he returned home and engaged in tilling the soil. In 1857 Mr. Crow entered 320 acres of land, where he now lives, and since then he has added eighty acres more. He is a hard working, industrious man, and has about 100 acres under cultivation. He has been a resident of this county for forty-eight years, and is one of its best citizens. He was a Democrat before the war, but since that eventful struggle he has affiliated with the Republican party. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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