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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri published in 1876 by Bryan, Brand & Co.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

BEATTY. - James Beatty was born in Maryland, in 1742. He married Elizabeth Ramer, whose father fled from Germany to avoid religious persecution by Charles V. Mr. Beatty settled in Fayette county, Ky., among the first white people who sought homes in that State, and he experienced all the dangers and trials of the long and bloody Indian war that followed. After the return of peace he gave his assistance to the development of the country, and was one of the party who opened the first road to Ohio. His children were - Mary, Michael, James E., Lydia, Edward, Jonathan, Ann, Ruth, Amy, and Barbara. James E. married and lived in Mobile, Ala. Edward married Malinda Price, by whom he had - James E., John P., Elizabeth S., and William. He was married the second time to Anna S. Smith, and they had Joseph and Martha J. He was married the third time to Eliza J. Holmes, but they had no children. Mr. Beatty settled in Audrain county in 1837. John P. Beatty married Elizabeth J. Clark, and they had - Edward H., John W., Lycurgus, Mary E., Leonidas, Helen S., Lawrence, James, and Oliver, all of whom live in Missouri.

This family biography is one of 82 family biographies from Audrain County, Missouri included in A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri published by Bryan, Brand & Co. in 1876.  For the complete description, click here: Audrain County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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