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Below is a family biography included in The History of Crawford 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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Francis N. Thomas was born in Henderson County, Tenn., in 1834. In the family of his parents, Stephen and Anna (Rhodes) Thomas, were twelve children, of whom he was the second. The parents were both natives of North Carolina and were married in Tennessee, where they spent the remainder of their lives. For many years Stephen Thomas was engaged in the work of the ministry, first as a Presbyterian and later as a Methodist, and in connection with that calling he worked at the carpenter’s trade, and carried on farming. He was a Republican in politics, and served as magistrate. Francis N. attended the common schools in early life, and was reared to the occupation of farming. In 1853 he married Martha Setzer, a native of North Carolina, who was born in 1836. Of their six children, three are now living, viz.: John H., Rosalinda L. and George B. In 1862 Mr. Thomas enlisted in Company H, Enrolled Militia, of Washington County, and served until February, 1865, when he enlisted in Company D, Eleventh Missouri Infantry, Union army, being honorably discharged at St. Louis in January, 1866. In the militia he held the rank of second lieutenant, and in the regular service served as corporal. Mr. Thomas came to Crawford County in 1854, and settled on his present farm of 320 acres, in 1863. In politics he is a Republican. He is an enterprising farmer, and has devoted some attention to the trades of the carpenter and blacksmith.

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This family biography is one of 117 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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