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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.

BOWLES. John Bowles and his wife emigrated from England and settled in St. Mary's county, Maryland. They had seven children - William, John Baptist, Joseph, Jane, Susan, Henrietta, and Mary. In 1789 John Baptist, Joseph, James, and Mary, moved to Kentucky and settled in Scott county. Joseph married Alice Raley, and lived and died in Washington county, Ky. Jane married Ignatius Greenwell, and their son Robert married Maria Twyman, and settled in St. Charles county, Mo. Mary married William Roberts, and their daughter Elizabeth married John Burkman, who settled in Montgomery county, Mo. John Baptist married Henrietta Wheatley, and they had eight children - Walter, James, Leo, Clara, Elizabeth, Catharine, Matilda, and Celicia. Walter married Rosa McAtee, and settled in St. Charles county, Mo., in 1828. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and is still living (1875), in his 87th year. James married Susan Luckett, and settled in St. Charles county in 1835. They had six children. Leo married Teresa McAtee, and settled in St. Charles County in 1831. They had seven children. Clara married Dennis Onan, and they lived in Kentucky. Catharine married Stephen T. McAtee, who settled in St. Charles county in 1834. They had eight children. Mr. McAtee and his youngest son, George, died the same day, and were buried in the same grave, Matilda married Walter Barnes, and they lived in Kentucky. Celicia married James W. Drury, who settled in St. Charles county in 1835. They had thirteen children.

This family biography is one of 162 biographies from St. Charles 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: St. Charles County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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