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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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JAMES MADISON ARMSTRONG, M. D., resident physician, Sarcoxie, was born in Madison county, Ky., June 2, 1815. His father, Mason Armstrong, was a native of the Old Dominion. His mother was born in Kentucky. Our subject grew to manhood in his native county where he attended school. When he was twenty-three years of age he entered the Transylvania Medical College at Lexington, Ky., graduating from that institution in the spring of 1844, when he returned home, and soon after commenced the practice of his profession at Liberty, Casey county, same state. He continued in practice there until the spring of 1855, and then came to Missouri and located at Jefferson City, where he practiced until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted as a surgeon, and served in that capacity until June, 1865, when he returned home and soon after moved with his family to Sarcoxie, where he has since resided and assiduously attended to his professional duties, which comprise a large and remunerative practice; he also engaged in the drug business in the spring of 1878. Dr. Armstrong was married Oct. 27, 1837, to Miss Mary J. Searcy. From this union there are ten children: John W., born Sept. 26, 1838; Mason, born April 24, 1840; Elizabeth, born May 15, 1842; Kavanagh, born April 17, 1844; Sebastin, born October 27, 1846; Leonidas, born Feb. 5, 1849; Octavius, born Sept. 22, 1851; Osianda, born June 19, 1856; James H. born May 26, 1858, and George H., born Aug. 12, 1806. Dr. and Mrs. Armstrong are, and have been for fifty years, acceptable members of the M. E. Church (South). The doctor was licensed to preach in 18S46 by Bishop Ware, at Lexington, Ky.; he was also ordained as an elder. He has taken particular interest in church and educational matters. He gave to each of his children a liberal education, nearly all of them having diplomas from leading collegiate institutions. He is an active worker in the temperance cause, and a member of the Masonic fraternity and the I. O. O. F.

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