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Below is a family biography included in The History of Texas 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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Thomas G. Sturgeon. Closely associated with the farming and stock dealing interests of Texas County, Mo., stands the name of the above mentioned gentleman, who was born in Hart County, Ky., in 1854, and is the son of Isham and Delilah (Denison) Sturgeon, both natives of the same county as our subject. After marriage the parents lived in their native county until about 1851, and then came to Missouri, whence, after living in Phelps County for about three years, they returned to Kentucky. In 1856 they again returned to Missouri, locating in Texas County, and for a livelihood the father followed farming. He was a Democrat politically. During the war he moved to Arkansas, and while back looking after his farm he was killed, in 1863, by Monk’s band. After some time his son, and a brother of our subject, sixteen years old, was killed. The mother spent her last days with her son, Thomas G. Sturgeon, who was one of eight children, four sons and four daughters, three of whom are now living. He was reared on the farm, and at the age of sixteen began working for himself. He had received a limited education, never attending school more than a month altogether, and as a consequence has never learned to read nor write. Since 1875 he has been dealing in stock, though he has followed farming in connection. November 26, 1882, he married Miss Mary L. Crow, a native of Texas County, Mo., born November 12, 1865, and the daughter of W. G. J. Crow. This union resulted in the birth of three children: Wilbird C., (deceased); James E. and Thomas W. Mr. Sturgeon is the owner of 150 acres of land, with about 105 under cultivation. He is one of the most extensive stock shippers in the county, and is accounted a good judge of the same. He is a Democrat in politics, and Mrs. Sturgeon is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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