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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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John Clark, a native of the Blue-grass State, was born in Scott County May 1, 1818, and at the age of six years accompanied his parents to St. Louis County, Mo., where he was reared, and where he learned his trade, that of a plasterer, which business he actively followed almost his entire life, although a great portion of his time has been passed upon a farm, he having been thrown from a horse while a lad in Scott County, and been injured in the right leg, which resulted in a serious lameness. In 1849 our subject was married to Miss Mary J. Summers, a native of Marion County, Ky., although her home was in Monroe County, Mo. This lady is a daughter of Walter Summers, and her union with our subject was blessed with eight children, of whom five are living: George A., William, Francis, Sarah and Margaret. In 1870 Mr. Clark removed to Knox County, Mo., where he has since made his home in Myrtle Township, where he owns a small farm of eighty acres, and some horses. Mr. Clark lost his wife, July 12, 1870, while living in Lewis County, where he had immigrated in 1850, and he now resides alone at his home in Myrtle Township. Mr. Clark is a Democrat.

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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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