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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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Reuben Davidson, machinist and blacksmith, of Brashear, Adair Co., Mo., was born in Holmes County, Ohio, in 1839, and married in 1860 to Harriet Schrack, a native of Ohio. He served an apprenticeship of three years, and did journeyman work at his trade in Holmes County, Ohio; then, in 1869, he located in Knox County, Mo., and engaged in farming there until 1875, when he went to Brashear, where he has since followed his trade. Five sons and three daughters were born, and two of the sons and the three daughters are still alive. James, the father of our subject, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, and married Elizabeth Luke, also an Ohioan by birth. Reuben was the second offspring of this union; the other children were also sons, of whom but one brother besides Reuben survives. The mother died about the year 1850, and the father subsequently married Elizabeth Fair, a native of Ohio. They resided on the Black property near Brashear, the house of which is on the line separating Knox and Adair Counties. They lived at this place from 1866 to 1878, but now live in Republic County, Kas. The brother, William, was in the Fifty-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry for three years, and is now living in Elkhart County, Ind.

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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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