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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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M. M. Hamlin, M. D., a prominent citizen of Gray’s Summit, was born near Hendersonville, Buncombe Co., N. C, in 1856, the fourth of nine children, five of whom are still living, of James R. and Mary Ann (King) Hamlin, also natives of Buncombe County, N. C, at present residing in Sullivan, Mo. James R. Hamlin is a prominent minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, and has been successful in his chosen work. He served in the North Carolina State Militia as lieutenant, and during the late war was first under the command of Wade Hamp ton; later under Gen. Stonewall Jackson, and at the close of the war was in the command of Gen. R. E. Lee, having served in the capacities of sergeant, captain and chaplain of his regiment. He was a son of John Hamlin, whose father and two brothers came from England, the former settling in East Tennessee. Mary Ann Hamlin was a daughter of Jonathan King, a Baptist minister. M. M. Hamlin obtained his literary education at Steelville (Crawford County), and Salem Academies (Dent County, Mo.), and subsequently taught in the public schools of Crawford, Washington and Gasconade Counties. During the school year of 1878-79 he was principal of the primary department of Salem Academy. In the spring of 1881 he graduated from the American Medical College, of St. Louis, receiving the “Yost Clinic Prize,” for efficiency in his studies, and being elected valedictorian of his class, which latter honor he refused. Immediately after graduating he located at Gray’s Summit, and engaged in the practice of his profession, where he has been very successful, and enjoys a large and lucrative patronage. He owns fifty-two acres of improved land at Gray’s Summit. October 5, 1882, he married Miss Fanny Florence Reynolds, of Franklin County, a daughter of Joseph B. and Amanda (Triplett) Reynolds, natives, respectively, of Franklin County, Mo., and near Lynchburg, Va. Doctor and Mrs. Hamlin have one child, Joseph Reagan. They are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. The Doctor votes the Democratic ticket, and has served four years as notary public. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., is secretary of the Eclectic Medical Society, of Missouri, and a member of the National Eclectic Medical Association.

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