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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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. T. BRUTON, M. D., physician and surgeon, post-office Joplin, is a native of Tennessee, and was born July 24, 1832. His father, David Bruton, was born Jan. 18, 1790, and died about the year 1868. His mother Nancy Bruton, was born March 8, 1834, and is now living in Webster county this state. When twelve years of age he moved with his parents to southern Missouri, and located on a farm, where he grew to manhood, and attained a very fair education. He commenced the study of medicine in 1854, and after completing a somewhat extended course, he engaged in practice, coming to Jasper county in 1871, locating at Smithfield. About ten years later he came to his present location two miles northwest of Joplin, and has since continued practice. Dr. Bruton was married April 13, 1854, to Miss Martha F. Dameron, of Webster county, Mo. From this union there were ten children: Candace R., Jas. E., Martha C., John J. C., deceased; Lucy A., Tyrel F., deceased; Sarah J., deceased; Jesse, Napoleon, Viola S., and Attis W. Mrs. B. died April 4, 1878. Dr. Bruton was again married Aug. 22, 1878, to Miss Mary Hide, who departed this life March 3, 1879. Dr. B. was again married Feb. 28, 1880, to Miss Lucy, daughter of James Fike, of Joplin, who was born Jan. 2, 1850. They had one child, Freddie, born Nov. 16, 1880, died Jan. 1, 1882.

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