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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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Joseph A. Patton, who excels in farming and stock-raising, and whose farm is situated in Cedar Township, Dade County, Mo., sixteen miles northwest of the county seat, was born in Tipton County, W. Tenn., September 9, 1837, and is the son of George and Taphenis (Leeper) Patton. George Patton was born in Pennsylvania about 1800, and, when about three years of age, emigrated with his parents to St. Louis County, Mo., resided there a few years, and then emigrated to Franklin County, Mo. He received his education in St. Louis, and afterward went to Texas, where he taught school a number of years. He then married Miss Leeper, who was born in Hawkins County, Tenn., about 1812, and three years after marriage he and wife came to Greene County, Mo., resided there one year, and then moved to Dade County, being among the early settlers of this county. He died in Barton County, Mo., in February, 1845. They suffered all the hardships and privations incident to pioneer days, were obliged to go thirty miles to mill, and wolf scalps, honey and beeswax were articles of trade. They raised their own flax and cotton, and manufactured their own clothing. Their family consisted of six children, five now living. Joseph A. Patton’s entire schooling did not exceed four months, and he remained on his father’s farm until 1850, when he took a trip across the plains to California with his three brothers. He remained there thirteen months, engaged in herding stock and in mining, after which he returned home, and in 1862 enlisted in the Federal Army, Company G, Fourteenth Missouri Militia, afterward the Eighth Missouri, and served until the close of the war. He then returned to the old homestead, and lived with his mother until after her death. He now lives on the old farm with his brother, John M., and a sister, Martha E. The farm contains 610 acres, and is well improved. Mr. Patton is a member of the Masonic order, of Washington Lodge at Greenfield. He was a Democrat in politics, but voted for Peter Cooper in 1876; J. B. Weaver, 1880; B. F. Butler, 1884; and A. J. Streeter, 1888.

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This family biography is one of 68 biographies included in The History of Dade County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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