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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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Daniel Matheson, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Rossshire, Northern Scotland, November 24, 1824, and is a son of Daniel and Ann (McLennan) Matheson, both natives of the same place, and both of whom died in Scotland. Daniel Matheson, Jr., remained upon the Scottish farm until twenty-four years old, and March 10, 1848, was married to Margaret, daughter of John Jordine, of Ayershire, South Scotland. In the spring of 1849 he immigrated to the States, and the first settlement was made in Putnam County in 1851. In the fall of 1856 he moved upon his present place, now consisting of 115 acres, 100 being well improved and cultivated. He lives in a nice one-and-a-half story house, and has an orchard of 100 select apple trees. In November, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, Thirty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and served until discharged in May, 1865. He was on guard duty some time at Rock Island, Ill., Alton, St. Louis, and Memphis, Tenn., and was also at Camp Chase about six months. He also guarded trains, and was in some skirmishes in Tennessee, and had his breast and both arms injured by cars. He is a Republican in politics, and as such was nominated and elected justice of the township in 1870, serving for nine years. In 1885 he was re-elected, and is now efficiently serving in that capacity. He has been a member of the school board a number of years, and is a member of the G. A. R. post at Omaha, Mo. Mrs. Matheson belongs to the United Brethren Church, and is the mother of the following named children: Daniel (married and in Putnam County), Ann (wife of John Pickering, merchant at Howland), John (married and in Kansas), Thomas (married and in Putnam County), James (married and on the home place), William A. (of Kansas) and Ellen (an infant who died in 1850).

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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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