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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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Hon. John Teasdale, one of the most prominent citizens of Washington County, is a native of England, and was born May 21, 1823. His father, who was also named John, was a native of the same country, and in early life learned the trade of a blacksmith. The latter immigrated to the United States in 1830, and settled in Virginia, where he was employed for a number of years as superintendent of iron mines. In 1841 he settled in Washington County Mo., where he engaged in farming four or five years, when he returned to Virginia, and there lived until his death, which occurred in 1852. He married Mrs. Mary Dawson, whose maiden name was Jones, and by this marriage was born one son, John. Mrs. Teasdale had two children by a former marriage, Sarah, now Mrs. Gill, and William, who died in December, 1887; the mother died in Washington County, in 1869. John Teasdale came to Virginia with his parents where he was reared on a farm, which occupation he followed in connection with mining, after coming to Washington County, Mo., until 1850. He then went to California, where he remained until the fall of 1853, having been engaged in mining with varied success. After his return he resumed farming and mining, and in April, 1856, engaged in selling goods, being for a time associated with John Dean, one of the most enterprising men of Washington County. Mr. Teasdale has ever since been engaged in the mercantile business with good success, and has contributed his full share to the development of the county. He was married May 17, 1855, to Catherine Mundy. They have a family of six children: William, John, Joseph, Margaret (now Mrs. B. Flynn), Sarah and Frances. Mr. Teasdale has served at different times, about eighteen years, as judge of the county court, and in 1885 was appointed postmaster of Potosi, in which position he has proved himself an efficient and obliging official, well meriting the esteem and confidence of the community.

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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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