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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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J. M. Morgan, M. D., a physican and surgeon of Monett, Mo., was born in Atlanta, Ga., in 1858. His parents, Henry M. and Katie (Mangum) Morgan, are natives of Homer, N. Y., and Charleston, S. C., respectively. The father was born in 1824, and graduated from Marietta College, Ohio, after which he was engaged for a time in teaching school. Prior to his marriage he went South, and after locating at Atlanta engaged in merchandising, dealing largely in cotton. He became one of the largest cotton dealers in the South, for years controlling the market. In 1864 he returned to Ohio and located at Urbana, but in 1872 he removed to Springfield, where he now resides retired from business. His wife was born in 1825, and is the daughter of Rev. James Mangum, a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. They are the parents of six children as follows: Charles (who is a merchant of Springfield, Ohio), Henry (deceased), Katie (deceased), Mary (wife of A. H. Drayer, a merchant of Springfield, Ohio), Dr. J. M., and Edward (who is connected with the Texas Siftings, for which paper he writes under the nom de plume of “Cabrolett”). Dr. J. M. Morgan secured his literary education at Urbana and Springfield, Ohio, and at the age of fourteen years commenced the study of his chosen profession, and in 1876 entered the allopathic department of the medical college at Columbus, Ohio. After completing the course, he entered upon the practice of medicine in Cincinnati where he married, in 1881, Miss Alfarata M. Smith, daughter of C. W. Smith, M. D., at that time filling the chair of medical jurisprudence in the Physio-medical College of Cincinnati, but since removed to Barry County, Mo. After remaining at Cincinnati four years (where his two children, Goldie and Eddie, were born). Dr. Morgan entered the medical institute at Chicago, from which he graduated with the degree of M. D., in the spring of 1887. In the same year he removed to Cassville, Mo., but in November came to Monett, where he has since resided, and has built up a large practice. Dr. Morgan has a thorough knowledge of his profession, is a hard student, and one of the most skillful surgeons in Southwest Missouri. Politically he is a Democrat, and is a member of the National Protective League.

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This family biography is one of 103 biographies included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Barry County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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