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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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Thomas Carlin, editor of the Empire at Peirce City, Mo., was born in Harrison County, W. Va., January 14, 1848, and is a son of Asa Carlin, who was born in the same State and county. He was a farmer, mechanic and Baptist minister in later years. To his marriage to Maria Gifford were born nine children, Thomas being the fifth child. They removed to Barry County, Mo., in 1856. Here Thomas was reared on a farm, and after reading law for some time was admitted to the bar in 1873. Two years later he began his journalistic career as editor of the Empire, and since that date has continued its publication. He began editing the Daily Empire in 1879. In 1882 he was appointed postmaster at Peirce City, serving until 1885, when he was suspended as being an offensive partisan. This was done on the recommendation of Senator Vest, whose enmity he says he has secured for his independence and fearless discharge of his duties. Mr. Carlin was married November 26, 1868, to Mary Ann Horine, who was born in Washington County, Mo., and a daughter of Elias Horine. They are the parents of three children; Elmer, Herbert and Pearl. Mr. Carlin is a stanch Republican in politics, and has rendered his party efficient service. He advocates his principles fearlessly in his paper, and is considered one of the first journalists of Southwest Missouri. About a year ago he met with a railroad accident which has seriously affected his physical condition.

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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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