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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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Dr. Thomas S. Florance, a successful practitioner of Marshfield and vicinity, was born in Dallas Township, Webster Co., Mo., November 8, 1853, being the son of James and Sarah S. (Bouldin) Florance. The father was born in Caswell County, N. C., November 4, 1818, and the mother was born in the same county June 11, 1817. They now reside in Webster County, in Dallas Township. As early as 1841 the father came to Webster County, Mo., remaining one year, and then returned to North Carolina, but in 1844 he came back to Webster County, and settled in Dallas Township on the farm where he now lives. Tolliver Florance, grandfather of Dr. Florance, was a native of North Carolina, born in 1787, and died in his native State in 1872. The subject of this sketch is the fourth of six children born to his parents. He was reared on the farm in Dallas Township, and secured a fair education in the common schools. In 1874 he came to Marshfield, began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. C. S. Wallis, and subsequently attended the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, from which he graduated in 1877. He then began the practice of his profession in Dallas Township, Webster County, and there continued a successful practice until November, 1888, when he removed to Marshfield, and is practicing there at the present. He was married, in 1875, to Miss Mary E. Johnson, a native of North Carolina, born October 13, 1863, and the fruits of this union are four children: Inez, born June 23, 1876; Ollie G., born August 23, 1878; Robert, born February 18, 1881, and Walter J., born January 15, 1886. Politically a Democrat, his first presidential vote was cast for Grover Cleveland in 1888. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Mt. Olive Lodge, No. 439, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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