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Below is a sample of a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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 PALMER, farmer and stock-raiser, post-office Sarcoxie, was born in Alamance county, N. C., Nov. 22, 1844, His parents, Thomas and Agnes Palmer, were also natives of North Carolina. When about fourteen years of age our subject moved with his parents to Missouri locating on a farm in Webster county; four years later the family moved to Batesville, Ark.; subject was raised entirely on a farm and received a fair education. In the fall of 1862 he enlisted in Company C, Second Missouri Cavalry, and served until the close of the war; participated in the battles of Augusta, Ark., Pilot Knob and Independence, Mo., Blue Mills, Kan., and others of considerable importance; came to Jasper county, in 1874, locating on a farm near Reeds, and five years later purchased and moved upon his present farm, to which he has added many improvements, and has engaged in farming and stock-raising on a extensive scale. Mr. Palmer was married in Osage county, this state, July 11, 1869, to Miss Sarah F., daughter of Ryland W. and S. A. Giles, natives of Tennessee. Mrs. P. was born Sept. 5, 1851. From this union there have been two children: Thomas Ryland, born Aug. 13, 1870, and Mary Frances, born April 29, 1872, died March 29, 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are members of the M. E. Church (South); they have a splendid farm of 140 acres, mostly well improved; neat dwelling, good barn, young orchard, etc. Mr. P. is a practical farmer. 

This family biography is one of 1026 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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