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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Callaway County, Missouri published in 1886 by National Historical Company.  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.

JOHN M. SIMCOE, farmer and stock raiser. Mr. Simcoe is a brother to W. C. Simcoe, whose sketch precedes this and was the youngest of his father's family. He was born in Albemarle county, Virginia, June 29, 1820, and was therefore fifteen years of age when his parents removed to Callaway county. After he grew to manhood in this county, he was married here November 15, 1842, to Miss Mary F. Fletcher, daughter of John and Mary Fletcher, early residents of the county. Mr. Simcoe continued to reside on the family homestead until his father's death in 1843, after which he removed to a farm west of Fulton, where he resided about five years. While there, his wife died in May, 1847, leaving him one child, William. He then went back to Virginia, but returned in the spring of 1848 and established a mill here near Fulton, in partnership with Judge McClanahan, which they conducted successfully together for nearly two years. On the 15th of October, 1852, he was married to Miss E1izabeth F. Smith, daughter of Tartan Smith. Subsequently he bought his present place on which he has since resided. His farm contains about 400 acres, and is one of the choice grain and stock farms of the township. He makes a specialty of raising stock cattle and mules, of each of which he has a large number on his farm. He also has a small herd of short-horns, to raising which he is giving special attention. Mr. Simco is one of the best farmers of the township, energetic and progressive, and is one of its most highly respected citizens. After a happy married life of twenty-three years, his second wife was taken from by death on the 23rd of August, 1875. She left him five children Anna, James E., Charles B., Robert E. and Thomas J. Robert E. died October 16, 1861, while completing his education at the State University. Charles B. is now at Medical College College in St. Louis, and Thomas J. is a student at Westminster College. On the 12th of September, 1878, Mr. Simco was married to his present wife, formerly Miss Cynthia A. Sacre, daughter of George Sacre. He and wife are both members of the Baptist Church at Richland.

This family biography is one of 650+ biographies included in the History of Callaway County, Missouri published by National Historical Company in 1886.  For the complete description, click here: Callaway County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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