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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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T. D. Garner, Sr., a general merchant and miller at Iberia, Mo., was born in Tennessee in 1821, being a son of Benjamin and Margaret (Eaton) Garner, who were born and reared in North Carolina, and moved from that State to Tennessee where they spent the remainder of their lives. The father was a farmer, and he and wife became the parents of ten children, only two of whom are living: T. D. Garner, our subject, and Mrs. Margaret Finger. The paternal and maternal grandfathers were born in Wales and Germany, respectively, and were early settlers of North Carolina, and each served seven years in the Revolutionary War. T. D. Garner, whose name heads this sketch, spent his early life in Tennessee, and after the death of his father took the care of his mother on his shoulders, he being at that time only twenty years of age. In 1849 he was married to Miss Mary A. McCartney, who was born in Tennessee in 1834, an only child of John and Mahulda (Green) McCartney. The year following his marriage Mr. Garner moved to Arkansas, thence to Miller County, Mo., in 1867, where he was engaged in farming near Iberia until 1870, when he engaged in the mercantile business at that point. He carries a stock of goods valued at $3,500, and does a good annual business. Besides this he owns an excellent farm adjoining the town. Mrs. Garner is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Republican in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Henry Clay in 1844 and his last for Harrison in 1888, He and wife are the parents of the following children: R. Benjamin, Frances E. (Mrs. Hickman), T. D., Jr., and Hugh M.; three children are deceased.

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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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