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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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Dr. J. W. Temple, of Eldon, Mo., graduated from the St. Louis Medical Institute in 1876, and previous to coming to Missouri, in 1885, practiced his profession in Randolph County, Ill., where he was born in 1849. He was the fourth in a family of eight children born to David and Sarah (McClure) Temple, who were born in Randolph County, Ill., and the North of Ireland, respectively. The mother came with her parents, Dr. James and Jane McClure, to South Carolina at a very early day, and the father’s death occurred in Charleston, of that State, but she moved in the year 1832, to Randolph County, Ill. David Temple was a farmer, and he and wife are now living in Sparta, retired from the active duties of life. The paternal grandparents, William and Sarah (Love) Temple, were born in Pennsylvania, and became residents of Illinois, when it was a part of the Northwest Territory, of which Kaskaskia was the capital. The grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812, of English descent, and could trace his ancestry back prior to the Revolutionary War. Dr. J. W. Temple, whose name heads this sketch, was reared on a farm and educated in the high-school at Sparta, Ill., after which he took a collegiate course at Irvington, Ill., attending that institution two years, and subsequently attended one term at Monmouth, Ill. He then entered the medical institute at St. Louis, from which he graduated as before stated. He began practicing in his native county in 1876, and there remained until 1885, when he came to Missouri, and has won an enviable reputation in Miller County as a physician and surgeon. He is now a member of the G. A. R., Samuel McClure Post No. 145, at Aurora Springs, and has been commander of the post, and is the present officer of the day. He has affiliated with the Republican party since old enough to vote. He was married in Sparta, Ill., in 1874, to Miss Nancy McHenry, a native of Randolph County, and a daughter of James and Mary (Wallace) McHenry, who were also natives of that county, and were wealthy citizens. The father died in 1863, but his widow is still living, and resides in Paxton, Ill., with a daughter. Dr. and Mrs. Temple are members of the Presbyterian Church, and are the parents of two children, Harry J. and Nellie M., who are attending the public schools of Eldon.

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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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