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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dent 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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Rev. John M. Ashlock, assistant manager and wood receiver of Sligo Furnace, was born in Washington County, Mo., in 1842, and is the son of Benjamin and Mary (Robinson) Ashlock, the father born in Obion County, Tenn., about 1823,and the mother in St. Francois County, Mo. They were married in Washington County, and there the father died in 1846. The mother afterward married William Polk. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and died in October, 1883. Mr. Ashlock was a mason by occupation, and the son of Col. James Ashlock, who was of German origin, and who was reared in Obion County, Tenn. He was a mason and furnace builder, and a colonel in the War of 1812, under Jackson. His father, William Ashlock, was a native of Germany, and came as a soldier to the American colonies with Gen. Braddock, being with him in his defeat in the French and Indian War. He served with Gen. Washington all through the Revolutionary War, serving as national guard, and was present at the Declaration of Independence. He was a firm friend and associate of Gen. Washington. John Robinson, the maternal grandfather of subject, was a native of Ireland, and came to the United States when young. He settled in St. Francois County, Mo., at quite an early date, followed farming, and finally died in Washington County, where he had moved. Rev. John M. Ashlock was the eldest of three children, and received a limited education in the common schools, being obliged to go six miles, that being the nearest school. At the age of about eighteen or twenty, he began for himself as a farm hand, but soon after was employed by an iron company at Irondale, and has been connected with the iron works more or less ever since. In 1861 he married Miss Henrietta Brooks, who was born in Kentucky, and who died in 1880, leaving three children. In 1881 Mr. Ashlock took for his second wife Miss Lizzie, daughter of Henry and Mary Benson, of Kentucky and Iowa, respectively. Mrs. Ashlock was born in Phelps County, Mo., where her father died. Her mother is still living. Mr. Ashlock’s last union resulted in the birth of two children. Mr. Ashlock has always been a great reader of good literature, and although his education was rather limited, he has, by his own efforts, become a well-informed man. In 1864 he joined Company B, Fifth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, as a regular color bearer with the rank of corporal. He operated in Missouri and Tennessee, and was mustered out at St. Louis in August, 1865. Soon after the war he united with the Missionary Baptist Church, and began to apply himself to the study of the Scriptures, with which he soon became familiar, and then chose a higher calling, being ordained as a minister in 1868. He then devoted his entire time for many years to his ministerial duties in Washington, Maries and Crawford Counties. He was located at Osage for nearly two years, and was pastor of several churches from there to Midland, and was pastor of the church at Sligo the first six years there. Since his residence at Sligo he has married 101 couples, and a great many before coming there. Politically a Republican, his first presidential vote was cast for Hancock in 1880. He is an ardent advocate of the prohibition of the liquor traffic. Mrs. Ashlock has been a member of the Baptist Church since 1880.

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