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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Knox County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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James Clark, deceased, was for more than thirty years a resident of Knox County, Mo., where he met his death on the 12th of January, 1887. He was born in Bourbon County, Ky., in 1812. His father was a native of Maryland, and of German descent His mother, Mary (Becket) Clark, was reared in Kentucky. When a lad of about fourteen James accompanied his father to Franklin County, Ind., but his principal education was obtained in his native State at the district and neighborhood schools. At the age of twenty-three he was united in marriage to Miss Ann E. Tucker, a native of Ripley County, Ind., and a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Tucker) Tucker, both of New Jersey, but who immigrated to Indiana as early as 1801, where they resided many years. Mr. Tucker had learned the carpenter’s trade in Staten Island, and this trade he followed, although he was actively engaged in farming all his life. In his latter years he immigrated to Fort Madison, Iowa, where he lived about three years, and then died. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. His widow then went to make her home with her sons in Jerseyville, Ill., where she died. Both Mr. and Mrs. Tucker were useful and consistent members of the Baptist Church. James Clark was engaged in farming in Decatur County, Ind., for more than twenty years after his marriage. About 1855 he immigrated to Northeast Missouri, and settled in Knox County, where he resided more than thirty years, during which time he was known as a man of fine character, upright and honest in all his dealings. He was a man of strong constitution, and only a short time previous to his death was vigorous in mind and body. In politics he was a Republican. To Mr. and Mrs. Clark fourteen children were born, twelve growing to maturity and ten now living. Six are married and have families. The names of the living are as follows: Joseph B., Samuel, Eliza (Johnson), Celeste (Little), Walker B., Richard, Ann M. (Parish), Jacob T., Charles and James L. Mrs. Clark makes her home in Myrtle Township, Knox County. She owns the property left her by her husband, which consists of a splendid farm containing 160 acres well improved, and eighty acres of timber in Myrtle Township. Her life is made more pleasant by her sons J. B. and Charles. Mrs. Clark is a Baptist.

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This family biography is one of 204 biographies included in the Knox County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Lewis, Clark, Knox and Scotland Counties, Missouri published in 1887.  For the complete description, click here: Knox County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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