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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cedar 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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John M. Rountree has been a resident of Cedar County, Mo., since 1869, and is the owner of a fertile farm of 260 acres about ten miles from the county seat. He is one of a large family of children, and was born in Polk County, Mo., on the 10th of May, 1847, being a son of David and Victoria (McKee) Rountree, who were born in Tennessee in 1800 and 1808, and died in Polk County, Mo., in 1866 and 1880, respectively. David was of Irish descent, a farmer by occupation, and, about 1848, emigrated to Missouri. John M. Rountree remained with his parents until twenty-one years old, and attended the common schools of Polk County. On the 17th of June, 1869, he was married to Miss Mary Dale, who was born in Dade County, Mo., in 1853, her parents being Thomas and Lavina Dale, early settlers of Dade County. The former is yet living, but the mother died about 1885. To Mr. and Mrs. Rountree a family of seven children were born: Johnnie, Arra (deceased), Lena (deceased), Lulu, Clyde, Charles and Lee. Mr. Rountree is an influential citizen of the county, and has a fair share of this world’s goods, and, besides his farm, is a stockholder in the Cedar County Bank, at Stockton. He is a Democrat, and his first vote for the presidency was cast for Horace Greeley. He and wife are members of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 92 biographies included in The History of Cedar County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Cedar County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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