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Below is a family biography included in The History of Wright 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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Prof. Thomas J. Montgomerie. Prominent among the enterprising men and successful educators of South Central Missouri stands the name of Prof. Thomas Montgomerie, principal of Hartville Public Schools. He was born in Wright County, Mo., August 19, 1841, and is the son of Jefferson and Nancy E. (Anderson) Montgomerie. The father was born in North Carolina June 9, 1800, but grew to maturity in Tennessee. At the age of twenty-five he came to Missouri, and in 1828 was married to Miss Nancy Anderson. He was an early pioneer of what is now Wright County, and Montgomerie Township bears his name. He died in Wright County. His wife was also a native of North Carolina, and her people moved to Tennessee when she was a child, and from that State to Missouri, when she was fifteen years of age. By her marriage to Mr. Montgomerie she became the mother of nine children. The paternal grandfather of our subject, John Montgomerie, was a native of Ireland, and after immigrating to America located in North Carolina. The paternal grandmother was a Moore, and died in Tennessee at the age of one hundred and four years. Prof. Thomas Montgomerie was the sixth child in order of birth born to his parents. He grew to manhood in Wright County, and supplemented his common-school education with a course in Mountain Grove Academy, under Prof. Phillips. Consistent with his tastes, he entered the profession of teaching at Springdale Academy, Mo., Rolla High-school, Richland Institute, Pulaski County, and Lebanon Public Schools, these being some of the places in which he has officiated as an educator. After coming to Wright County, although he is a Democrat in his political views, and the county vastly Republican, so strong a hold had he gained upon the affections of the citizens of Wright County that he was elected circuit clerk in 1878, and county clerk at the expiration of this term (1882). He leaves behind him the neatest county record in sixty-nine counties of the Mississippi Valley, besides records in several Western States, and in Chicago and other cities, which are acknowledged by all to be the neatest records ever seen. He was married in 1866 to Miss Elizabeth Bradford, and afterward, in 1878, to Mrs. Mott. Prof. Montgomerie has attained a high reputation in Southern Missouri as an educator, is a proficient mathematician, and a man of culture and high literary attainments. He is now engaged in writing a work, entitled “Logic of Mathematics,” which will soon be given to the public.

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This family biography is one of 90 biographies included in The History of Wright County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Wright County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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