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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Marcus Briley, one of the early residents and a substantial farmer of the county, residing in Central Township five miles west of Lamar, is a native of Sumner County, Tenn., born on the 25th of December, 1837, his parents being James and Jane (Bandy) Briley, and his grandparents Samuel and Rachel Briley. The latter couple were born in North Carolina, and were early settlers of Tennessee, in which State they died. James Briley was a farmer by occupation, and, after removing to Tennessee with his parents, there made his home until his death, in 1885. His wife was born in Virginia, and also died in Tennessee, her death occurring in 1866. To them were born six daughters and three sons, of whom our subject is the youngest. He lived with his parents until over thirty-one years of age, and received his education in the common schools of Tennessee. In 1857 he was married to Miss Nancy A. Toliver, who was born in Robertson County, Tenn., and died in that State in 1868, having become the mother of three children: Charles T., James L. and Laura F. On the 9th of March, 1865, Mr. Briley was united in marriage to Miss Frances E. Senter, who was born in Sumner County, Tenn., February 22, 1841, being a daughter of Luke and Zoritha Senter. To this marriage six sons were born: William F., John F., Edgar D., Robert M., Leonard M. and Corry M. In 1867 Mr. Briley removed with his family to Saline County, Mo., where he was engaged in farming until 1873, then moving to the farm where he now resides, which consists of 157 1/2 acres of finely improved land, on which are three living wells. Mr. Briley is a Democrat, and his first vote was cast for Stephen A. Douglas for the presidency. Mr. Briley’s father, James Briley, and also his second wife’s grandfather, William Durham, served through the War of 1812 under Gen. Andrew Jackson, and took an active part in the battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815. Mrs. Frances E. (Senter) Briley’s grandparents, William and Frances Durham, were born in North Carolina, and were among the first settlers in Sumner County, Tenn.

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This family biography is one of 166 biographies included in The History of Barton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Barton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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