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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Z. T. Brawford, real estate and loan agent of Unionville, is a native of Schuyler County, Mo., and was born November 18, 1846, and is n son of Spotswood D., a native of Augusta County, Virginia, and Martha (Brasfield) Brawford, a sister of James M. Brasfield. Spotswood D. was the son of a large slave holder, who lived and died in Augusta County, Va., and about 1842 located in Schuyler County, Mo., where our subject was born, and engaged in the mercantile trade at Tippecanoe, but, after the county seat was moved to Lancaster, he moved his store to that place. Z. T. was an only child, and at the age of eight months lost his mother, afterward making his home with his maternal grandparents, in Putnam County, where he lived upon a farm until January 2, 1862, when he enlisted in the Second Missouri Cavalry, serving until his discharge March 10, 1865. He then embarked in the mercantile business at Unionville, in December, 1865, and continued in that business for two years. He then filled a clerkship for two years, and then engaged in the stock trade. In 1872 he was appointed county clerk. In 1874 he was elected to the office of county clerk, and re-elected in 1878, serving until January, 1883. He now owns a farm in Wilson Township, to which he devoted his attention until January, 1887, when he engaged in the real estate and loan agency business. In 1874 he married Deborah Brasfield, nee Campbell, a native of Muskingum County, Ohio, by whom he had two sons and two daughters. He is a member of the F. & A. M. and A. O. U. W.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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