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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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D. A. Lynch, M. D., of Iberia, Mo., is a native of Houston, Mo., born in 1847, being one of five surviving members of a family of seven children born to David and Polly Ann (Fourt) Lynch, who were born in Virginia and Kentucky in 1803 and 1812, and died in Missouri in 1865 and 1851, respectively. The father moved first to Kentucky, thence to Missouri in 1819 with Daniel Boone, and settled on Big Piney River, where he established a lumber mill and operated it for thirty years. He was also engaged in stock-dealing, and for many years was judge of Texas County, Mo., the first county court being held at his residence. His children are as follows: Prof. William H., of Mountain Grove, Mo.; John T., attorney at law at Houston, Mo.; Dr. Ransom B., of Plato, Mo.; Dr. D. A., our subject, and H. W., real estate agent at Houston, Mo. The paternal grandfather, David Lynch, was a farmer, and moved from his native State of Virginia to Kentucky. He served in the War of 1812, and was also in one of the Indian wars. The maternal grandfather, Lemuel Fourt, was a Kentuckian, but became an early resident of Missouri, and was engaged in farming in Callaway County. Dr. D. A. Lynch, our subject, resided in Houston, Mo., until sixteen years of age, and attended Lathrop Academy, in Boone County, Mo., until 1866, and spent the two following years in Steelville Academy. In 1869-70 he taught school in St. James, Mo., and at the same time read medicine under Dr. Headlee, and during the latter part of 1870 and in 1871 was a student in the St. Louis Medical College. After his marriage, in the spring of 1872, he located an office for the practice of his profession at Sturgeon, Mo. (Boone County), but the following fall moved to Salem, where he built up an extensive practice and also conducted an immense drug trade until 1882. During 1882 and 1883 he attended lectures at the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons, and graduated in March of the latter year. From that time until 1886 he was in Houston and Springfield, and since the latter date has resided in Iberia, where he has a large and lucrative practice. In 1872 he was married to Miss Lucy A. Searcy, who was born in Columbia, Mo., in 1845. She is very highly educated, and in 1865, at the age of twenty years, graduated from the Christian Female College at Columbia, and afterward taught school at different points. She and the Doctor have two children, Clara and Fred. Mrs. Lynch is a daughter of Dudley Searcy, of Kentucky, who is now a dealer in agricultural implements. During the late war he was a blacksmith in the employ of the Government. His children are Mary A. (Palmer), Lucy A. (Lynch) and William H. Dr. Lynch is a Republican, and cast his first vote for Gen. Grant in 1868, and his last vote for Benjamin Harrison in 1888. He was one of the first to organize the present Rolla District Medical Association, during the first three years of whose existence meetings were held in Salem, Mo. Its growth has been substantial and steady, until it has become one of the leading medical societies of the State.

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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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