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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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Thomas D. Steele, postmaster and druggist of Cassville, Mo., was born in Washington County, Ark., in 1862. He is a young man of good business qualifications, and is highly esteemed. His parents, Dr. Marion D. and Mary E. (Deaver) Steele, were born in Tennessee, the father in Bedford County in 1824, and the mother in Maury County in 1843. When a young man Dr. Marion D. Steele left his native State for Lawrence County, Ark., where he married Elizabeth Poor. About 1853 he removed to Washington County locating at Elm Springs. He is a graduate of Louisville Medical College, but for the last fourteen years he has been engaged in merchandising. He is also a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. His first wife died, after which he married Mary E. Deaver, by whom he is the father of eight children, Thomas D. being the eldest. Thomas D. Steele’s education, which was begun in the public schools of Elm Spring, was finished in the Arkansas State Industrial University at Fayetteville. In 1879 he began the study of medicine. In 1880 he came to Cassville, and resumed his study under the direction of Dr. T. J. Hubbert. For three years he was salesman in a drug store, and for two years was deputy county recorder and circuit clerk. In 1885 he served as clerk on staff of Rough Journal Work of State Legislature. In July, 1885, he was appointed postmaster at Cassville, and in June, 1887, he purchased a one-half interest in a drug store with N. L. Hailey. His marriage with Mary M. Hobbs, a daughter of Hon. James Hobbs, was celebrated on February 28, 1881. Mrs. Steele is a native of Bentonville, Ark., born in 1861. Their union has been blessed by the birth of two children, William D. and Oliver Vest. Mr. Steele is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the I. O. O. F

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