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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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A. M. Turk, farmer is a son of Noah G. and Ann B. (Carter) Turk, and was born in Adair County, Ky., on the 6th of March, 1837. Noah Turk is supposed to have been born in Adair County, and was there reared and educated. He followed the occupation of farming, and also learned the tanner s trade, at which he worked until coming to Missouri in 1856. He settled in Jasper County where he entered and purchased 1,800 acres of land, which is now one of the thickest settled portions of the county. At the breaking out of the war he had about 700 acres under cultivation. He died in Illinois. His wife is still living, and resides with her youngest son in Lawrence County. They were the parents of sixteen children: Thomas C. (in Texas), Amanda (wife of Norman Allen, of Kentucky), Benjamin K., Mary A. (wife of J. A. Traylor, of Kentucky), Noah G., Margaret J. (wife of P. S. Kelley), Albarine M., Julia A. (wife of M. Dobby), Morticia J. (wife of D. J. McKinzie) and John C. The following are deceased: Eliza A., Hiram K., William, Robert, Josephine and Lusary. The paternal grandfather of our subject, Thomas Turk, as well as his wife were Virginians, and after their marriage moved to Kentucky. He had served with distinction in the Black Hawk War, and held the rank of major. Both died in Kentucky, the grandfather being murdered. The maternal grandparents were also Virginians, and died in Kentucky They were Benjamin F. and Polly (Sled) Carter. A. M. Turk worked for his father for some time after coming to Missouri, and then started on a trip to Pike’s Peak, but owing to failing health was forced to return, and again engaged in farming, which he continued until the breaking out of the war. He enlisted in Raines brigade for six months, and then joined Company I, Clark’s brigade, Confederate States Army, serving three and a half years, being mostly on detail duty. After the cessation of hostilities he returned home and was married to Mary V., a daughter of Peyton Turk, and soon after moved to Illinois, where he was engaged in farming for three years. He then dealt in stock for one year and returned to tilling the soil on the Illinois River, but the high water washed away everything that he had. He then returned to Missouri and began life anew and now has a fine farm of 208 acres, 130 being under cultivation. He is a stanch Democrat and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South Their living children are as follows; Alice J. (wife of E. E Brackney), Robert A., Lu Ellen, Noah G., Samuel J., Albarine M., James G., Walter Peyton, Charley H. and Herman L. Their children who are dead are Nicholas, an infant (unnamed), William Everett and Thomas.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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