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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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J. P. Brownlow, banker of Buffalo, Mo., and one of the prominent and enterprising residents of Dallas County, was born in Giles County, Tenn., August 17, 1841, and is a son of James and Isabel (McCreary) Brownlow, who were also natives of that State and county, the former being killed during the late war by the soldiers, and the latter dying in Dallas County, Mo., in 1882. J. P. Brownlow received a limited early education, owing to the scarcity of good schools at that period, but acquired a fair knowledge of the “three R’s.” In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army, in Company K, Third Tennessee Regiment, under Col. Brown, who afterward became governor of Tennessee, and participated in the battle of Fort Donelson, where he was wounded by a grape-shot in the right arm, and was afterward discharged and joined the Ninth Tennessee Cavalry, and was elected a lieutenant in Gen. Forrest’s command. At the battle near Franklin he was wounded by a gunshot in the left shoulder, but was not disabled from duty. He was also in the battles of Nashville, Resaca and in a great many hard skirmishes, and was mustered out and discharged in April, 1865, at Gainesville, Ala., after which he returned home, and was engaged in farming until 1873, when he came to Dallas County, and located in Benton Township, about five miles from Buffalo, where he tilled the soil and was interested in stock trading and raising until 1882. He then came to Buffalo, where he has since made his home. All his business enterprises have been attended with good results, and in both social and business life he ranks among the first men of the county, and is a liberal giver to all worthy enterprises, having been one of the liberal contributors to the beautiful Baptist Church which has lately been erected in the town. He was married on December 4, 1859, to H. J. Ussery, a native of Tennessee, by whom he has seven children: Arabella F., Sallie P., John E., Joseph F., Cecil A., Cora and Katie. Mr. and Mrs. Brownlow and their four oldest children are worthy and consistent members of the Baptist Church, and are highly esteemed residents of the county.

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This family biography is one of 74 biographies included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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