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Below is a sample of a family biography included in History of Platte County, Missouri and published by National Historical Company in 1885.  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 WREN (Linkville, Mo.) James Wren was born September 9, 1844, in Mt. Sterling, Montgomery county, Ky. He was the son of Hugh B. and Susan Wren; his father born in Virginia and his mother in Kentucky. They had three children: William E., born October 7, 1840, and now living with his mother on his farm, consisting of 320 acres, near Platte City; Edward, born October 10, 1842, and married to Miss Mary Daniels, of Kentucky, in 1868. He was a successful farmer in Platte county, but died in 1873. He was a member of the Christian Church. James Wren came to this county when quite young. He inherited a fine farm, consisting of 280 acres, from his parents, and since then has followed farming. January 7, 1880, he was married to Miss Helen C. Adkins, a native of Platte county, born August 14, 1860. Her father, Hon. James Adkins, of Missouri, was born in Owen county, Ky., December 7, 1830, and was married to Miss Collistia P. Remington, of Danville, Ill., June 29, 1851, she having been born June 29, 1830. Hon. James Adkins died while in the Legislature, February 6, 1885. He was serving his third term in the Missouri Legislature. Mrs. Wren was one of a family of seven children. She and her husband have been blessed with two children: Eula Clifton, born December 25, 1880, and James Adkins, born May 5, 1882. Mr. Wren belongs to the Masonic Order. His wife is a member of the Christian Church. He is a staunch Democrat, and well versed on the political issues of the day.

This family biography is one of 315 biographies included in the History of Platte County, Missouri published in 1885.  For the complete description, click here: Platte County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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