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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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Joseph G. Lurton. Among the men of Miller County who have fought the battle of life successfully, and are now numbered among the prosperous citizens, may be mentioned Mr. Lurton, who was born in Jersey County, Ill., in 1838, being the fifth of nine children born to the marriage of Henry G. Lurton and Martha Gamble, natives of Kentucky, and early immigrants to Jersey County, Ill. The father was a farmer, but also followed the occupation of cabinet-making for a number of years, and about 1848 immigrated to Osage County, Mo., where he located on a farm and resided many years prior to his death, which occurred in November, 1880. His wife’s death occurred in 1873. Joseph G. Lurton was reared in Osage County, but was married in Miller County, in 1865, to Miss Evaline Birdsong, a daughter of Maj. Birdsong. She died in October, 1884, having borne two children: Logan, who died in 1867 at the age of thirteen months, and Edward H., residing with his father. Mr. Lurton has resided on his present farm since 1866, and has increased his acreage from 450 to nearly 1,200 acres. Four hundred acres are under fence, and 300 under cultivation. He is quite extensively engaged in raising stock, but is also engaged in buying and shipping cattle and hogs. He has always taken an active interest in politics, and votes the Republican ticket, being elected by that party as presiding judge of the county court, and serving four years—from 1882 to 1886. He has also held other offices of public trust. He is a member of Tuscumbia Lodge No. 437 of A. F. & A. M. In April, 1886, he was married to Mrs. Amanda Adcock, widow of Henry Adcock. Her parents, Joseph and Eva (Edder) Sterling, were early settlers of Saline Township. Mr. Lurton assisted in organizing the school district and is a member of the school board, and has always taken an active interest in everything pertaining to the educational affairs of the county, as well as other matters.

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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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