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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald 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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Alfred Oyler, an enterprising grocer of South West City, Mo., was born in London, England, on July 22, 1848. He is a son of John Oyler, also a native of England, who immigrated to the United States in 1857, and settled in Tippecanoe County, Ind. It was here that he passed the remainder of his life. Alfred Oyler secured a fair education in the public schools of Indiana, and early learned to do farm work. He remained in Indiana engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1870, when he came to McDonald County, Mo., and settled on a farm in Prairie Township. Two years later he went to the Cherokee Nation and remained until 1885, when he came back to McDonald County, locating at South West City. In 1887 he engaged in his present business, and now carries a full line of groceries, wooden-ware, glass-ware, queens-ware, confectionery and notions, and controls a large trade. On June 13, 1874, he was united in marriage with Mary C. Rhodes, by whom he is the father of five children. They are Minnie J., Mattie, Laura, Maggie and George. Mrs. Oyler is a daughter of M. de LaFayette Rhodes, of McDonald County, and is a consistent member of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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