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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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T. A. James, M. D., is a son of Dr. L. and Mary (Reynolds) James, and was born in Monroe County, Ill., in 1856. Dr. L. James, who is of French descent, is also a native of Monroe County, Ill., and was born in 1820; he graduated from the St. Louis Medical College, in 1861, and began practice at Waterloo, in his native county, where he resided until about 1873, when he moved to Cruise, Washington Co., Mo., where he is still actively engaged in practice. His wife is also of French descent, and was born in Randolph County, Ill., in 1832. They have five children living, viz.: Tracy, wife of M. A. Casey; Dr. T. A.; Emma, wife of P. S. Coleman; Griffith and Susie. Dr. T. A. James received his literary education at Christian Brothers’ College, St. Louis, and when twenty years of age began the study of medicine under the preceptorship of his father. In 1878 he entered St. Louis Medical College, from which institution he graduated in March, 1881. He began the practice of his chosen profession at St. Clair, Franklin Co., Mo., where he remained one year, and then removed to Labaddie. In the spring of 1886 he located in De Soto, where he has since resided, and is one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Jefferson County. October 25, 1881, he married Miss Mary C. Flynn, a daughter of Michael Flynn, of Washington County; she was born in Washington County, in 1857. Mr. and Mrs. James have two children: William A. and Liona. Politically, Dr. James is a Democrat. He is special medical examiner of the Select Knights of the A. O. U. W., and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He and wife are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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