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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Charles D. Martin was born in the “Old North State” on the 4th of May, 1818, being the eldest of seven children born to James and Tabitha (Martin) Martin, who moved from their native State of North Carolina to Tennessee in 1821. The paternal grandparents, Isaac and Sarah Martin, and also the maternal grandparents, were all born in North Carolina, and were farmers by occupation, the former couple following this occupation after coming to Tennessee as well as in their native State. Charles D. Martin spent the greater part of his early days in Tennessee, and at the age of twenty-one years began doing for himself, and was married to Miss Malinda S. Lawson, who was born in Tennessee in 1818, a daughter of James and Elizabeth Lawson, who were also Tennesseeans. In 1876 his wife died, having borne a family of seven children: William T., Sarah E. (Burgess), John W., Edward S., James Z., Andrew J. and an infant deceased. In 1870 Mr. Martin married his present wife, Miss Mary J. Hickman, who was born in Tennessee in 1837, and is a daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Hickman, who moved from their native State of Tennessee to Osage County, Mo., at an early day. The father was a participant in the Florida war, and his children, who are living at the present time, are: Pleasant, Mary J. (Martin), Thomas and William. Mr. Martin’s second union has been blessed in the birth of three children: Parilse, Frederick Charles and F. M. He has served as justice of the peace of Richwoods Township for sixteen years, and is one of the enterprising farmers of the county, being the owner of 320 acres of land, 130 of which are under cultivation, improved by a good frame house and a good young orchard. In 1861 he enlisted as captain of Company E of the Home Guards, and after it was disbanded he entered as a private in Company C, Sixth Missouri Cavalry, United States Army, and was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, and was at the battles of Salem, West Plains and Smith’s Landing. He received his discharge October 20, 1862, and is now a member of the G. A. R. He belongs to the I. O. O. F., and is a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for James Buchanan in 1856.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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