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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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George T. Holman, stock farmer, of Auglaize Township, was born in Guilford County, N. C., in 1813, and is a son of James Y. and Mary B. (Hart) Holman, who were born in Virginia and North Carolina, respectively. James Holman was born in 1769, and is a son of John Holman, whose parents were originally from Switzerland, and at a very early day located in Virginia. John Holman was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. James Y. Holman was married in his native State, and was engaged in working at the brick mason’s trade and farming. He was first married to a Miss Spencer, a native of Virginia, by whom he had two sons and two daughters, but after her death he removed to Guilford County, N. C., where he was married to Miss Hart, who was born on the 24th of April, 1791, by whom he has one son, George T. In 1816 the mother died, having lived the life of a true Christian, being a consistent member of the Lutheran Church. In 1842 Mr. Holman immigrated with his eldest daughter to Dade County, Mo., where he died on the 3d of August, 1843, having been engaged in teaching school the latter part of his life. From fourteen to eighteen years of age George T. Holman made his home with an uncle in Virginia, and then went to North Carolina, and remained with his father on a farm until his marriage in 1837, when he took charge of the home place until 1842, and then moved to Missouri, locating on a farm in what is now Laclede County. During the late Civil War he served for about three months on frontier duty at Lebanon, but being over age and crippled he could not act in the regular service. He is a Democrat in politics, and served as justice of the peace for several years. He was married to Miss Lucinda Lambeth, who was born in Guilford County, N. C., May 17, 1817, and their union was blessed in the birth of seven children, five of whom are now living: James L., Mary L. (wife of Dr. McCombs), John L. L. (who lives in Idaho Territory, engaged in farming), Andrew J. (who resides near the home farm), William (who farms on the home place); and the following children, who are deceased: George T. W., who died at the age of six years, and Joseph B., whose death occurred when thirty-five years of age. Mrs. Holman, who was an earnest and worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, died on the 23d of February, 1881.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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