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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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Garnett Sullivan was born in Middle Tennessee in 1832, and is a son of Green and Nancy (Sullivan) Sullivan. The father was born in Georgia, and died in Tennessee, leaving Garnett, who was then a small boy, to fight his own way through life. He began working by the day on a farm, but after attaining his majority apprenticed himself to a tanner; not liking the trade, however, he left Tennessee and located in Missouri, Lawrence County, in 1852, where he engaged in farming. In 1853 he was married to Sarah Jane Sullivan, by whom he became the father of two children, one living, Joseph J. In 1863 Mr. Sullivan enlisted in the Union army, in Company H, Seventy-sixth Missouri Militia, and served until the close of the war, making raids through Arkansas and Southern Missouri. He owns 110 acres of very fine land, eighty acres of which are in a good state of cultivation and well improved. He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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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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