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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dade 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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James R. Scott, a prominent agriculturist of Center Township, residing four miles northeast of Greenfield, was born in Dade County, Mo., in 1847, and is the son of Emerson C. and Amanda (Tucker) Scott. Richard Scott, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a native of Kentucky, and died in Dade County, Mo., in 1858, at the age of seventy-five years. Emerson C. Scott came to Missouri at the age of twenty-two years, and was married in 1845 to Miss Tucker. He pre-empted 300 acres in Section 3, Township 26, Range 26, where he located, and where he passed his life. He was killed, after night, in his own house, in June, 1863, two men committing the dastardly deed. Amanda (Tucker) Scott was born in Middle Tennessee, December 10, 1822, and is the daughter of James and Catherine Tucker, who were residents of Dade County, Mo., in Center Township. Mrs. Scott is still living, and is the mother of eight children: Narcissa C., born in 1846, the wife of J. J. Winkle; James R., Alexander Hamilton, Albert H., William E., Oliver P., Sterling Price and Emerson C. James R., the eldest son, was reared and grew to manhood on a farm. In 1873 he married Miss Sarah C. Studdard, a native of McMinn County, Tenn., born in 1853, and the daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Harleson) Studdard, of Dade County, Mo., the former born in 1793, and the mother in 1812, in North Carolina. They died in 1857 and 1882, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Scott are the parents of one child, William E. Scott. Mr. Scott resides on a portion of the old homestead, and is the owner of ninety-three acres. He is a Democrat politically, casting his first presidential vote for Seymour in 1868. He is a member of the Masonic Order, Washington Lodge, at Greenfield. He and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and his mother is also a member of the same church.

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