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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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James Lieurance, harness maker and saddler at Eldon, Franklin Township, was born in Wisconsin November 14, 1848, and is the youngest of five children born to James and Eve (Michel) Lieurance, the father a native of Indiana, and the mother of Tennessee. The maternal grandfather was a native of Germany, came to America and settled in Pennsylvania at an early date. Mr. and Mrs. James Lieurance were married in Ohio, afterward emigrating to Wisconsin, where the father entered land in Warren County. Soon after the birth of James, Jr., the mother went to Illinois, Randolph County, and here our subject received his education. He assisted in the duties on the farm until twenty-one years of age, when he came to Miller County, Mo., and bought a farm within one-half mile of the present site of Eldon. He continued farming until 1884, when he sold the farm and opened the first drug store in that place. This he continued until the fall of 1887, when he sold out to Dr. Temple and opened a harness shop. In the spring of 1881, when Aurora Springs was organized and laid out, Mr. Lieurance carried the chain for the surveyor, Mr. Fulkerson; also in March, 1882, he carried chain for H. Burlingame when he surveyed the streets of Eldon. In 1885 Mr. Lieurance erected a residence in Eldon, and has taken an active part in the prosperity of that city, where he has made his home. He was married to Miss Mary P. Thompson, a native of Montgomery County, Ill., and the daughter of Peter and Cornelia (Bandry) Thompson. Mr. Thompson came to Miller County, Mo., in 1866, and bought about 600 acres of land, for which he paid $12,000. To Mr. and Mrs. Lieurance were born three children: Harley Edward, Artemus Floyd and Barney. Mr. Lieurance is a member of the I. O. O. F., Lodge No. 462, and has held several offices in the same.

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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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