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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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LOUIS N. TIVIS, one of the enterprising and leading young farmers of Johnson County, is the proprietor of about two hundred acres of finely improved land, which yields to him abundant harvests as a tribute to the care and labor he expends upon the place. Politically he is a Democrat, and with one exception, when he was prevailed upon by his neighbors to serve his district as Road Overseer, has never held office.

Silas Tivis, the father of the above-named gentleman, was born May 12, 1825, in Kentucky, but when quite young emigrated with his parents to Missouri, where he was reared to manhood. His principal occupation in life was that of farming, and his various enterprises were usually crowned with success. In 1888 he was striken with paralysis, and suffered from that trouble until his death, which occurred May 30, 1894. He was married, in Moniteau County, Mo., to Elizabeth Igo, who was born September 5, 1833. She passed to her final rest August 13, 1893. They were old and honored citizens of this county, having come here in 1867, and from that time forward were interested in the development and progress of the county.

In a family of twelve children, Louis N. Tivis is the seventh. His birth occurred in Moniteau County, this state, August 16, 1860, and when he was seven years of age he became a resident of Johnson County. He received a district-school education, and has always given his attention to farming. He has never married, but makes his home with his sisters, Rebecca, Bettie, Leah, Louisa, and brother, James M. He is a prominent member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, while the rest of the family are identified with the Baptist denomination. As he has passed nearly his entire life in this community, he is necessarily well known to the inhabitants thereof, among whom he bears a deserved reputation as a young man of honor and fairness in all his dealings, and one who has a proper regard for the rights of his fellows.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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