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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas 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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John M. Beck, a prosperous farmer and stock dealer of Dallas County, Mo., was born in Gasconade County, Mo., March 10, 1851, and is a son of John C. and Phoebe (Rennington) Beck, who were born in New York and Kentucky, respectively, and were married in Illinois. In 1846 they came to Missouri, settling in Gasconade County, but in 1857 took up their residence in Dallas County, locating on a partially improved farm of 160 acres on Four Mile Prairie, where they made valuable improvements and lived until their deaths, February 8, 1882, and December 19, 1888, respectively. The following are their children who are living: Rodolphus, John M., Joseph R., Jasper N., and Sarah E., wife of J. L. Cook. John M. Beck was educated in the common schools, and is now the owner of a fine farm of 240 acres, 120 of which are under cultivation and well improved. He raises and deals in mules and cattle, and ships to St. Louis, which business has proved highly remunerative. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Agricultural Wheel, and is considered one of the sagacious and enterprising farmers of the county. He was married in 1881 to Miss Sarah E. Wisdom, a daughter of Parson C. Wisdom.

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This family biography is one of 74 biographies included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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