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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of 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.

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R. A. Towles, a prominent farmer of Benton Township, was born in Owen County, Ky., in 1881. He is the son of Oliver and Ellen (Wilhite) Towles, natives of Virginia, and who came to Missouri in 1840, locating in Schuyler County, where our subject spent his youth. They reared a large family of six sons and two daughters, and both died in Schuyler County, the former in 1878, and the latter a short time previously. The father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and the grandfather had also served in the Revolution. Their descendant, R. A., was married in 1852, after corning to Adair County, to Thurza A. Beatty, a native of Chariton County, Mo. There have been born to this union five sons and four daughters. Since his marriage Mr. Towles has followed agricultural pursuits, and since 1870 has been located upon his present farm which consists of 318 acres six miles northeast of Kirksville. His war service was limited to the detailed county militia. As a farmer he has been successful, and is highly esteemed as a citizen.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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