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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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Rev. James D. Springer, of Aurora Township, was born in Lawrence County, Tenn., in 1839, and is the son of Elijah and Jane (Hillhouse) Springer, natives of South Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father was born January 2, 1803, and the mother was born in 1808. The father was about sixteen years old when he with his parents left South Carolina and moved to Lawrence County, Mo., where he grew to manhood. He was married about 1826 or 1827 to Miss Hillhouse, and remained in the State of Tennessee engaged in farming until 1841, when he moved to Southwest Missouri, and located in Lawrence County. He here followed farming until his death, which occurred in 1885. The mother is still living, in her eightieth year, and enjoys good health for one of her years. To this couple were born two children, Sarah A. and James D. The former married Mr. Lemuel Allen, and is now living in Mount Vernon Township, Lawrence County. Their son, James D. Springer, attained his growth in Lawrence County, Mo., and received such educational advantages as those early times afforded. He was called out in the State Militia, and served during the war. After peace had been restored he returned to the farm, and has since followed agriculture. He commenced studying for the ministry in 1873, and in 1875 he was licensed to preach the Gospel in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in Dade County. He came home, and his first sermon was delivered in a schoolhouse of Honey Creek, at which place he preached for some time. He is now preaching for the Verona Church, and also to several other congregations. He was married in 1856 to Miss Dunman, and to them were born three children: Robert, James D. and Jane, all now living. Mrs. Springer died in 1861, and Mr. Springer took for his second wife Mrs. Nancy (Morris) Jones, who was born and reared in Lawrence County, Mo. The fruits of this union were seven children: Andrew, John, Allen, Edgar, Mary, Sarah and Nancy, all living. Mrs. Springer had one child, Thomas F., by her marriage with Mr. Jones. She died April 14, 1881, and Mr. Springer took for his third wife Mrs. Huldah (White) Harrington, who had previously married Ephraim Hughy, by whom she had one child, George B. After his death she married James Harrington, and had also one child by this union, Pearly C. After Mr. Harrington’s death she married Mr. Springer, July 19, 1882.

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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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