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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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Joseph Berry, was born in Cumberland County, Ill., August 21, 1847, the son of William Nelson and Elizabeth (Alexander) Berry, natives of Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. The father was one of the early settlers of Illinois, and died in that State. Our subject left his native county in 1879, and settled in Adair County, where, since 1880, he has been on his present estate; it is well and fairly improved, and embraces about 200 acres, 150 of which are cultivated. October 8, 1872, he married Rachel R., a daughter of Ephraim Hartzler. She was born in Pennsylvania. Their children are William Edward, Fannie and Flora B. May 9, 1864, our subject enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-fifth Illinois Infantry for 100 days, and after four months of service was discharged. He enlisted February 20, 1865, for one year, was with the army in Arkansas, and was discharged in October without taking part in any engagements.

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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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