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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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James M. Gardner was born in Dade County, Mo., in 1840, and is a son of Patten and Margaret (Wilkerson) Gardner. The father was born in Georgia, and followed the peaceful pursuit of farming through life. He immigrated to Missouri in 1833, and first located in Polk County, but finally settled in Dade County, where he died. In this county James M. was educated and reared. In 1861, at the breaking out of the war, he enlisted in the Sixth Missouri Infantry, under Capt. Wright, but the company was disbanded in 1862, and he then entered the service of the United States and served until the close of the war. He then returned home and began tilling the soil, and in 1886 moved to Lawrence County, settling near Aurora. A year later he purchased his present property, which consists of eighty acres of land, well improved and well situated. He was married in 1863 to Miss Rachel Hardwick, who died after having borne four children: Charley, Addie, William and Lillie. By his present wife, who was a Miss McLeard, he is the father of five children: Henry L., Loula M., James W., Elvin and an infant unnamed. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner are members of the Baptist Church.

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