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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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Martillus Margason was born in Clark County, Ky., on the 7th of September, 1829, and moved with his parents to Jefferson County, Ind., in 1833. Here they resided until 1849, then moved to Hendricks County, Ind., in 1849. There he was married to Susan A. Peck November 3, 1850, and remained there until 1853, at which time he went to Lucas County, Iowa. Resided there until 1865. Removed back to Indiana, and in 1872 came to Lawrence County, Mo., where he now resides. The father, John Margason, was born in New York, and followed the occupation of farming, and was married to Elizabeth Griggs, who was born in Clark County, Ky. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and was a daughter of John Griggs. The Griggs are of English descent and the Margasons of Swedish ancestry. Susan A. Peck was born in Hendricks County, Ind., on June 4, 1828, and Susan A. Margason died December 20, 1887, from burns received while endeavoring to save some goods from their home, which was consumed by fire December 19, 1887. Their children are Riley C. Margason, married to Mary J. West, July 24, 1879, and resides in Linn County, Ore.; Lucinda Elizabeth, the wife of Marion Judson Hankins, of Fountainette, Vigo Co., Ind.; Nancy Emily, Helen Isabelle, Marilda Ann, the wife of Oliver J. Spilman, of Mount Vernon, Lawrence Co., Mo.; William Madison, John McClelland, George Washington and Eldridg Gerry. Mr. Margason has taken great pains to educate his children. They attended the Baptist College at Peirce City, Mo., three of them being teachers of excellent reputation. Mr. Margason is a successful tiller of the soil, and he and family, except one son, are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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