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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster 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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Samuel T. Brannock, farmer and stock raiser of Grant Township, is a native of Orange County, N. C., born May 8, 1828. His parents, A. N. and Susan (Foster) Brannock, were both natives of Orange County, N. C., the former born in 1800, and died in his native State at about the age of eighty, where the mother also died at about the age of eighty. The paternal grandfather, William Brannock, was a native of Maryland, and died in North Carolina. The maternal grandfather, George Foster, was a native Virginian, and was one of Gen. Washington’s body guards during the Revolutionary War. His death occurred in North Carolina when more than eighty years of age. Samuel T. Brannock, subject of this sketch, is the elder of two children born to his parents. He was reared on the farm, and like the average country boy received his educational training in the common schools of his county. In 1852 he removed to Haywood County, West Tenn., where he lived for two years, and then came to what was then Greene, now Webster County, Mo. He now resides in Grant Township, about seven miles west of the county seat, where he owns 100 acres of well-improved land. Mr. Brannock enlisted in the Missouri State Guards, in September, 1861, for six months, and in May, 1862, he enlisted in Company F, Third Missouri Cavalry, of the Confederate army, and served until the close of the war. He was paroled at Shreveport, La., December 24, 1850, Mr. Brannock married Miss Fannie Boswell, who was born in Caswell County, N. C., July 19, 1823, and died in Webster County, Mo., December 18, 1886, leaving these children: William W., Julia A., Alexander N. and Mary A. In politics Mr. Brannock is a conservative Democrat, and prior to the late war was one of the assayers of Webster County. In 1876 he served by appointment in the same office for one year. He is one of the popular men of Webster County, of which he has been a resident for thirty-four years.

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