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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson 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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Daniel J. McDermott, locomotive engineer on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad, whose division extends from De Soto to Piedmont is a resident of the former place. He is a son of Augustine and Frances (Sauffer) McDermott, and was born in Huntingdon County, Penn., in 1840. Augustine McDermott, who is of Irish descent, was also born in Huntingdon County Penn., in 1819, but for the past twenty-two years has been a resident of Piedmont, W. Va., where he is an influential citizen. He served two years as mayor of the town, and is at present justice of the peace. He served as an engineer on the Old State Railroad twenty years and fourteen years on the Cumberland & Pennsylvania Railroad. Mrs. Frances McDermott is of German descent, and was born in Huntingdon County, Penn., in 1821. Daniel J. McDermott was the eldest in a family of nine children, and was educated at Mount Savage, Md. When thirteen years of age he commenced working in a brickyard for 37 ½ cents per day. He worked in that capacity for five years, receiving for his later services $1.25 per day. He worked six months at the mechanics’ trade, and for the following two years had charge of a stationary engine in sinking a coal shaft. In 1862 he went to Piedmont, W. Va., and was employed as a fireman on a locomotive engine on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which position he held two and one-half years, and the following six years was employed as an engineer on the same road. In 1871 he became an engineer on the Cumberland & Pennsylvania Railroad, where he remained nine years. In 1880 he came to De Soto and secured his present position as engineer on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad. December 21, 1865, he married Miss Mary McCormic, of near Harrisburg, Penn., born in 1846. To Mr. and Mrs. McDermott six children have been born: Frances, William, Martin, May, Joseph, Daniel J., Jr. Mr. McDermott is a member of the A. O. U. W. and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. With his wife, he is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

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