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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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John T. Stephens, a successful tiller of the soil, is the son of George W. and Edna Stephens. The father was born in Virginia, and when quite young came to this county with his parents who were among the early settlers. After reaching manhood he married Miss Thomas, daughter of Rev. John Thomas. She was born in Washington County, and she and her husband are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The father was a farmer, a Democrat in politics, and for some time justice of the peace. The mother died at the age of forty-one. The father has married twice since, is now a widower, and is living in California. Of their family of five children, John T. was next to the youngest. He was born in Iron County, Mo., in 1853, and when about six years of age was taken and reared by his grandfather. Rev. John Thomas. After reaching manhood he spent three years in California, and in 1879 married Miss Malinda J. Logan, a native of Iron County, born in 1856. The result of this marriage was the birth of two children: Essie, born in 1883, and Onie M., born in 1886. Mr. Stephen and wife resided in their native county until 1884, when they moved to their present property which consists of seventy-six acres. Mr. Stephens is a Democrat in his political views, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is accounted a good farmer, and has made all his property by his own efforts.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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