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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries 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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Linden Marts became a resident of Maries County, Mo., in April, 1869, and purchased the place upon which he now resides in July, 1881. He is a farmer and stock-raiser by occupation, and his farm, which is located in Jefferson Township, contains 248 acres, about one-half of which is under cultivation. Mr. Marts was born in Wood County, Ohio, February 2, 1844, and is a son of Solomon and Elizabeth (St. Clair) Marts, the former of whom was a native of Metz, Prussia, and was born about 1821. When a boy Solomon Marts left the country of his birth and immigrated to the United States, first locating in Pennsylvania, where he learned the wheelwright’s trade, in which he became a master workman and followed many years in the State of Ohio, where he accidentally met his death while curbing a well, in 1860. Mrs. Elizabeth Marts was born in Wood County, Ohio, about 1826, and was a granddaughter of Gen. St. Clair, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and a general in the War of 1812. Linden Marts was the eldest of seven children, and remained at home until the beginning of the war. August 11, 1861, he enlisted for three years in Company C, First Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving out the full term. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, and was taken prisoner at the battle of Stone River on the 31st of December, 1862; he was confined in Libby Prison three months, and the following April exchanged, when he again entered active service. He received two severe bullet wounds at the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., September 19, 1863. January 23, 1865, he married Helena Henry, who was born in Massachusetts about 1845, and died July 3, 1871, leaving two children, viz.: Clara May, now the wife of Thomas Stockton, and Velmer A., who married Lafayette Bird. August 31, 1873, Mr. Marts married Eliza B. Druey, who was born in Green County, Ky., November 12, 1855, and is a daughter of Hiram and Elizabeth Druey, both natives of Kentucky, where the father died in 1856; the mother died in Osage County, Mo., October 26, 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Marts are the parents of seven children, viz.: Uba Silas, Abijah P., Addison W. (deceased), Vandalia H., Zobeide A., Vivan H. and Florismie B. In 1872 Mr. Marts was elected justice of the peace of Miller Township, Maries County, but resigned and removed to Vienna before the expiration of the term. He was elected to the same office in Vienna, which he resigned to accept the office of constable, to which he was twice re-elected. He is the present Worshipful Master of the Masonic lodge at Lane’s Prairie. Mrs. Marts is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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