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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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Thomas J. Lawrence and Arthur M. Morrison, dealers in general merchandise at Cedarville, Dade County, Mo., carry a stock of goods valued at $2,000, and are the leading merchants of that village. Mr. Lawrence was born in Alabama in 1859, and is the son of Edward and Martha E. (Morrison) Lawrence. Edward Lawrence was born in Tennessee about 1818, and is of English descent. He is now residing in Fayette County, Ala., and has followed agricultural pursuits all his life. His wife was born near Savannah, Ga., and was burned to death March 14, 1878, by the explosion of a can of oil. They were the parents of six children. Thomas J. Lawrence was the eldest of this family, and received his education in the public schools of Alabama. He came to Dade County, Mo., December 22, 1882, and October 7, 1883, married Miss Julia Ducket, who was born in Barton County, Mo., March 15, 1853. Mr. Lawrence is a member of the Masonic order, is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He is postmaster of Cedarville post office.

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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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