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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 J. Liles is a member of the Aurora Mercantile Company, and was born in Aurora Township, Lawrence Co., Mo., July 28, 1855, and is a son of William M. and Mahala (Brown) Liles, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work. He was reared on a farm and received a liberal education in the schools of his native county, and at the age of twenty-three he was married and began doing for himself. He moved to a farm near Aurora, where he was engaged in tilling the soil until November, 1887, when he moved to Aurora. In November, 1885, he discovered lead on his farm in paying quantities, and the fact soon became known to the public, and speculators flocked to his place. He owns 120 acres of land, which he leases in lots, and the income he derives from this is quite large. He was for a short time engaged in the grocery business in Aurora, but the most of his attention is given to his mining interests. He was married in 1878 to Kate Moore, who died in 1880, leaving one child, Ernest. He was married to his second wife, Alice Moore, in 1885. She is a member of the Christian Church, and Mr. Liles is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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