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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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W. J. Brasfield, of the firm of Brasfield & Kellogg, dealers in grain, stock and agricultural implements, was born in Putnam County, Mo. in 1849. He came with his parents to Kirksville in 1858, and remained there until 1862, when they went to Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was educated at that place, and in 1869 went to Kirksville. The following year he became bookkeeper and assistant cashier of the First National Bank in which he efficiently served, for over eleven years. He engaged in his present business in 1881, under the firm name of Link & Brasfield, and so continued until the formation of their present firm in February, 1884, and they now carry on one of the leading trades of the city. Mr. Brasfield was married in 1875 to Ada McCully, a native of Macon County, Mo. They are both members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The father, John J. Brasfield, is at present a citizen of Putnam County, Mo. He was born in 1816 in Kentucky, where he was reared to manhood and then came to Missouri. After his marriage to Susan Smith, who died in 1882, they lived at Kirksville until 1858. To them were born six children, three of whom survive, the others having died in infancy.

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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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