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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam 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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L. D. Thomas, dentist, was born in La Salle County, Ill., in 1857, and in 1869 accompanied his parents to Putnam County, locating on a farm in Medicine Township, and in 1877 began the study of dentistry under Mr. Fox, at Milan, with whom he remained two years, and then practiced in the western part of Putnam County until June, 1885, when he located at Unionville. His office was first in the Marshall Bank Building, but in the fall of 1887 he removed to his present office over Harkins Hart Company store. He can be found at his office in Unionville the latter half of each month, but the rest of his time is spent in the western part of the county and in Iowa. His father was born in New London County, Conn., March 19, 1822, and after the age of two until he reached maturity lived in Wayne County, Penn., where he learned the wagon trade with his father, and also taught school during his early manhood, having been an attendant at the Bethany High School, Penn., for three years. In 1844 he located at Lowell, Ill., where he worked at his trade and taught school. In January, 1850, he married Sarah Cushing, who died two years later; this lady was a niece of Gen. Pratt, of Missouri. After her death Mr. Thomas studied medicine. In the fall of 1854 he married Nancy Reed, a native of Ohio, and to this union three sons and one daughter were born, our subject being the second child. The others are Charles C., F. F. and Lucy. Alfred, the paternal grandfather, lived the most of his life in Wayne County, Penn., and died in Linn County, Iowa.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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