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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair 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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Bigsby Brothers (Edgar and A. L.), proprietors of the Kirksville Woolen Mills, are natives of New York, where they were born in 1847 and 1854, respectively. They came to Illinois in childhood, and after residing there for about twelve years they removed to Johnson County, Iowa. Their father had learned carding and weaving in New York, and they were trained in that occupation also. In 1877 A. L. established a mill at Trenton, Mo., in which he still owns an interest. Edgar came to Kirksville in 1882, and purchased their present mill. He furnished the mill with new machinery, and the following year A. L. took an interest in the stock, and has since been located here. They manufacture flannels, blankets, jeans, yarns, cloths, etc., and have a capacity of 5,000 yards per month. They consumed about 50,000 pounds of wool, and employ some fifteen workmen. In 1875 Edgar married Eliza J. Walker a native of Ohio. One of their four sons is deceased. A. L. was married in 1881 to Delia Jammison a native of Illinois. Lester is their only son. Edgar served a few months in the Ninety-fifth Illinois Infantry, and in the spring of 1865 was discharged at Springfield, Ill. The father, J. S., is a native of New York, and is at present operating the dye house department of a woolen-mill at Waterloo, Iowa. He was married to Lucinda Loomis, a native of New York, who is now deceased. His family of four sons and one daughter all survive her. By the father’s second marriage to Electa Welch, he had one son and one daughter.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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