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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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. D. C. Overton, a physician of Barry County, Mo., was born in Texas in November, 1852. He is the oldest child of R. C. and Amanda (Pace) Overton, natives of Tennessee and Georgia, respectively. R. C. Overton was born in 1832, and is now residing in Barry County, Mo., engaged in farming. When a young man he went to Texas, where he married, coming to Barry County, Mo., when the subject of this sketch was fourteen years of age. His wife was born in 1837. They are the parents of twelve children, ten of whom are living. Dr. D. C. Overton attended the common schools of Barry County and Clark’s Academy at Berryville, Ark., graduating from the latter in 1871. Returning home he studied medicine privately for two years, after which he entered the University of Nashville, in which he completed his literary education. He next entered the Nashville University of Medicine, from which he received the degree of M. D. in 1874. He then entered the Vanderbilt University of Medicine at Nashville, from which he also took the degree of M. D. in 1875, at which time the first course of lectures delivered in this institution was completed. After having thus finished his professional education, he returned to his home in Barry County, and practiced medicine for two years. April 8, 1877, Dr. Overton was united in marriage with Emma Lecompte, Who was born in Macon County, Mo., in 1857, and who is of French origin. He then went to Texas, remaining in the eastern part of that State, and practiced his profession for six years, when he came back to Barry County. To our subject have been born four children, two deceased, unnamed, and two living, Arabel and Rollin. Politically Dr. Overton is a Democrat. The family inclination seems to tend toward the medical profession, the subject having two brothers and three uncles who are physicians.

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