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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Vernon County, Missouri History by J. B. Johnson, published in 1911 by C. F. Cooper & 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.

James W, Daugherty, a prosperous farmer of Osage township, Vernon county, Missouri, was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, February 21, 1848. He is the second child of a family of five children born to James and Margaret (Snyder) Daugherty, both natives of Fayette county. The father was raised in the city of Fayette, and in his early life taught school and later engaged in mercantile trade. Selling his business in 1876, he moved with his family to Vernon county, Missouri, and settled on a quarter section of land in Osage township, where he engaged in farming till his decease. His wife has also passed away. Of their other children, Ellis H., a cooper by trade, and later a farmer, never married and died in Osage township; John W., also a farmer, died unmarried in 1907, at the age of 55 years; Anna M., who was married to Mr. John Ingram, of Osage township, is deceased, and Samuel S. Daugherty, their youngest child, lives near Milo, Vernon county.

James W. acquired his early education in the public schools of Fayette, Pa., and began life for himself, working in a grist mill owned by Mr. John Curl, whose daughter he afterward married, continuing there some five years. He also, at the same time, engaged in farming in a limited way, and afterward devoted himself to that occupation exclusively. In 1876, Mr. Daugherty moved to Vernon county, with his father and family, and for a time cultivated a part of his father's land. Later he leased and worked a quarter section in Osage township, five years, and continued his farming operations on rented land till 1895, when he bought eighty acres in section thirty-three, township thirty-eight, where he has since made his home, owning also a timber tract of ten acres in section nine.

Mr. Daugherty is a man of influence in his community, a Democrat in political opinions and action, and has held various local offices. He has served as constable many years, was two years tax collector, served on the township board a like period and for four years was township clerk and assessor. While in his native state he became a member of "American Patriots" at Fayette, and still retains his membership. He is a man of sterling Christian character, a consistent member of the Christian Church and assistant superintendent of the local Sunday-school.

In 1870 Mr. Daugherty was united in marriage with Miss Louisa Curl, who was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1852, and is a daughter of John and Maria (McCann) Curl, both natives of that county, where they passed their lives.

Mr. and Mrs. Daugherty have had three children born to them, viz,: John G., who was born October 18, 1887, and is a car inspector in the employ of the Frisco Railway Company at Kansas City, Mo. James M., who was born June 8, 1890, and lives on the home farm, and Esther May, who was born April 23, 1893, and lives with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Daugherty have also an adopted son, William C. Daugherty, who was born October 19, 1876. and left an orphan when about 2 years old. He resides at Arthur in Osage township.

This family biography is one of 364 biographies included in the History of Vernon County, Missouri by J. B. Johnson, published by C. F. Cooper & Co in 1911.  For the complete description, click here: Vernon County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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