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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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John T. Guin, Sr., stock farmer, of Greene Township, was born in Robinson County Tenn., in 1828, and is the son of Christopher and Amelia (Robinson) Guin, natives of South Carolina and North Carolina respectively. The father was born in 1788, and came to Tennessee with his uncle in l806, locating in Robinson County. The mother was born in 1799, and came to Tennessee when about eight or ten years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Guin were married in Tennessee, and moved to Missouri in 1845, and located upon the present property of their son, J. T., where they purchased land of the Government, at $1.25 an acre. The father served in the War of 1812, and died in 1879 at the age of ninety-one years. In his early life he was a member of the Baptist Church. The mother died in 1862 at the age of sixty-three years. To their marriage were born eight children, only four of whom grew to maturity. Their son, John T. was but eighteen years of age when his parents moved to Missouri. He secured a good common-school education, and remained with his parents until 1852, when he went to California, overland, with others, and from there proceeded to Australia seeking gold, which he found to some extent in both places. He returned from Australia in July 1856, and remained with his parents until 1859, when he went to Colorado. Here he remained engaged in stock raising until 1872, when he returned to the home place, which he purchased, and where he now lives. He was married in 1867 to Miss Amanda McLemore, of Dade County, Mo and to this marriage was born one child, Ida, who became the wife of Henry Upp, and resided on a part of the home place. Mrs. Guin is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and an excellent lady. Mr. Gum is the owner of 725 acres of land, 280 of which are under cultivation. He is a Democrat in politics, and is a member the A. F. & A. M.

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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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