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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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Thomas Donnel Sloan, a leading agriculturist of Bellevue Township, and the son of Thomas J. and Bernice (Harris) Sloan (whose sketch precedes this), was born August 21, 1846, and received a common-school education. Having lived with his parents until they were advanced in age they in turn lived with him the balance of their lives, and since their deaths he has lived on the old homestead. In 1874 he married Miss Margaret Nicholson, a native of this county, born in 1853, and the daughter of Thomas Nicholson. The result of Mr. Sloan’s marriage was the birth of five children, three of whom are now living: Roy E., Sarah B. and Claudie N. Mr. Sloan owns 230 acres of land in the fertile valley of Bellevue, and has made this county his home all his life, being accounted one of the successful, enterprising farmers and stock-raisers of the county. He is a stanch Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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