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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry 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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Emile Arnaud one of the successful farmers and stock raisers of Capp’s Creek Township, Barry Co., Mo., was born in France on September 8, 1856. He is a son of Stephen and Marie Arnaud, who were born on September 9 and July 4, 1829, respectively. Stephen Arnaud was extensively engaged in raising silk worms and growing grapes for wine in his native country, and for five years was mayor of his commune. In 1876 he immigrated to America, settling in Capp’s Creek Township, Barry Co., Mo., where he became the owner of 360 acres of fine land. Here he died in 1882. His widow died in 1886, on November 28. They were the parents of five children, viz.: Emmeline, Emile, Louise, Simeon (who died in 1884, at the age of twenty years) and Edith. Since the death of the parents the children have been keeping house, all living together. Emile, being the only son living, has had full control of the old home place, and has managed it as skillfully as many men would have done who have had years of experience. He has not only retained the old place, but has added acre after acre and tract after tract until he now owns 720 acres, all of which is valuable land. In addition to cultivating the soil and raising grass, he is much interested in growing blooded stock. He owns “Gray Eagle,” sired by an imported Norman stallion. The former, now four years old, is eighteen hands high, weighs 1,600 pounds, and is considered the best horse in the county. Mr. Arnaud also owns some very fine blooded Short-born cattle. He is a progressive man, who is fully up with the spirit of the times, being held in high esteem by all who know him. He is a member of the Waldensian Church, and is president of the bible society of the same.

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