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Below is a family biography included in The History of Osage 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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Prof. Lee W. Dallas, professor of the Linn High School, Linn, Mo., was born July 27, 1861, and is a son of Granville W. and Martha Ellen (McKinney) Dallas. Granville W. Dallas was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., September 18, 1836, and when a child removed with his parents, Marmaduke and Elizabeth (Scott) Dallas, to Callaway County, Mo., the following year settling in Osage County, near where Chamois is now situated. Marmaduke Dallas died in 1880, at the age of seventy-eight years, his wife having died two years before, aged about sixty. Both were natives of Virginia, and were among the pioneer settlers of Osage County. Marmaduke Dallas was a teacher by profession, but owing to partial deafness he was compelled to abandon teaching, and devoted his attention to farming. Granville W. Dallas was also a teacher ten years of his life; he took charge of his first school in 1867, and for ten years taught most of the time in Osage County. During the war he was in the State Militia, and was accidentally wounded at Jefferson City, Mo., which closed his army service. After he gave up teaching he engaged in farming, and in 1887 he removed to Oregon, Columbia County, and devotes his attention to farming. In 1859 he married Martha Ellen McKinney, who was born in Tennessee, and when about ten years of age removed to Osage County, Mo., with her parents, James and Rebecca (Walker) McKinney, who subsequently located in Crawford Township. Mrs. Dallas died in 1868, leaving four children, viz.: Lee W., William L., John R. and Martha Isabelle, now the wife of Henry Hood. Lee W. Dallas lived with his parents on the farm until eighteen years of age, having received his academic education at Hooper Institute, Clarksburg, where he graduated in June, 1885; in September of the latter year he obtained a State certificate, permitting him to teach in any of the schools of the State. He taught the first term in the Oak Ridge District, Osage County, and was engaged in teaching district schools in Osage County until 1885, when he became principal of the Kingsville public schools of Johnson County. The following year he accepted his present position as principal of the Linn High School, which he has successfully conducted since. He is the leading educator of Osage County, and has managed with a great deal of credit the schools intrusted to him. He is a thorough scholar, a skillful disciplinarian, and a gentleman highly esteemed by all who know him. In August, 1886, he married Miss Minnie Miller, who was born in Minnesota in 1861, and is a daughter of R. L. C. Miller. Mrs. Dallas is also a graduate of Hooper Institute, and likewise holds a State certificate. She taught several terms of school, and assisted her husband in the Linn High School. In April, 1887, he was elected county school commissioner of Osage County. He held the office one term, and is a candidate for re-election.

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This family biography is one of 52 biographies included in The History of Osage County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Osage County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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