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Below is a family biography included in The History of Phelps 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. Daniel D. Burns was born in Phelps County, Mo., February 24, 1855, and is a son of Dr. Edward S. and Elizabeth (Mings) Burns. Dr. Edward S. Burns was born near Peoria, Ill., had limited chances for an education when a boy, but afterward acquired a good academic and medical education. He remained in Illinois until twenty-one years of age, and then came to Phelps County, where he married Miss Elizabeth Mings, returning afterward to Illinois. After remaining here a short time he moved to Nebraska, and practiced medicine in that State until 1861, when he enlisted in the Union service as assistant surgeon, and was in service for three years, when he was discharged on account of disability. He returned to Missouri in 1866, settling in Phelps County, on Mill Creek, where he died in 1883. Elizabeth Mings was born in Kentucky, but was reared in Missouri, where she married Dr. Burns, and bore him eight children, seven now living: Quintus D., Daniel D., William C., Mary F., Nettie E., Eva M. and Edward F. The one deceased was named Elizabeth C. Mrs. Burns is now living on the old homestead in Phelps County. The paternal grandparents were natives of Scotland, and the maternal grandfather was of German parentage, but was born in this country, and was a soldier in the Mexican War. Dr. Daniel D. Burns attained his growth principally on the farm, and received a common-school education. At the age of eighteen he commenced reading medicine under his father, and began practicing in 1884. He has an extensive practice, and is very successful. January 8, 1880, he married Miss Permelia F. Anthony, daughter of John M. Anthony; both father and daughter were born and reared in Phelps County. To Dr. and Mrs. Burns were born three children: Melvin H., Grover C. and Elsie. Dr. Burns was an elector at large for the Union Labor party in 1888, and is politically a Union Labor man. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. (Select Knights), K. of P. and K. of L. Mrs. Burns is a member of the Baptist Church.

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