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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas 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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Andrew Johnson Butts, M. D., one of the leading practitioners of Dallas County, Mo., and a resident of Jackson Township, was born January 8, 1863, and is the son of John W. and Mary (Crawford) Butts, natives of Franklin, Ky., and North Carolina, respectively. John W. Butts moved with his parents to Missouri when a young man, and located in Dallas County, where he remained until the breaking out of the Civil War. He then enlisted in the Confederate army, serving until the battle of Helena, Ark., where he was taken prisoner, retained as such nine months at Alton, Ill., and fourteen months at Fort Delaware. He was in different battles, and was wounded at Pea Ridge, Ark. After the war he went to Texas, and settled in Lamar County, but afterward moved back to Dallas County, Mo. Here he remained one year, and in 1881 returned to Texas, locating in Denton County, and there died February 23, 1883, at the age of forty-two or forty-three. The mother is now living in Laclede County, Mo., and is the wife of William Benton. While in Texas the father served for some time as deputy sheriff, but his principal occupation was farming and stock-raising, in which he was very successful. He was a Democrat in politics. To their marriage were born five children, three now living: A. J., Nettie and Hasie. The two last named are living with their grandfather, H. G. Butts. The two deceased were Walter and an infant. Andrew J. Butts was reared by his grandfather, and received a very liberal education at the home schools. In 1884 and 1885 he attended lectures at the Missouri Medical College, and again in 1887 and 1888, graduating on the 6th of March of the last named year. Soon after he came to his present location, where he has a large practice, which is constantly increasing. January 24, 1885, he married Miss Ellen McMillan, a native of Hardeman County, Tenn., and the daughter of James McMillan, an old settler of Dallas County, Mo. This union has been blessed by two children, Mallie and Willie. Dr. Butts is a Democrat in politics and a good citizen.

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