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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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D. B. Rolstin was born in County Huldeman, Canada, and is the son of Alexander Rolstin, who was born near Dublin, Ireland. D. B. Rolstin, with his parents, two brothers and his two brothers-in-law, came to Benton County, Mo., in May, 1865. Later they all, with the exception of the subject of this sketch, moved back to Canada, and there the mother died. D. B. Rolstin bought a farm three miles west of where he now lives, but afterward sold out and bought 560 acres, on which he is now living, four miles northwest of Lincoln. He pays considerable attention to stock-raising, and is one of the successful agriculturists of Benton County, Mo. He has been prominently identified with the Democratic party since living in Benton County. Five years ago Mr. Rolstin joined the Christian Church. He was married to Miss Josephine Chastain, daughter of Elmer and Elizabeth Chastain, formerly of Kentucky, and six children were the fruits of this union, viz.: Mary E., Jessie, Adalaide, Anna C, Edna N. and Frankie H. Mrs. Rolstin died at the age of thirty-seven years, May 24, 1886, on the place where she was born July 16, 1849.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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