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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin 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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B. F. Reed, a prominent farmer and stock raiser, was born on the Meramec River, Franklin County, in 1828, and since about two years of age has resided in the locality of his present home. He was reared on a farm, which occupation he has always followed, receiving his education in the subscription schools of the county. He resides on a well improved farm of 185 acres, on which there is a valuable and extensive deposit of white sand, a large per cent of which is silica; he also owns two other tracts of land in 105 and 40 acre lots. He was married in 1850 to Miss Minnie Kurlbaum, a native of Germany, who came to the United States with her parents when five years of age. Mrs. Reed died in 1870, at the age of thirty-nine years, leaving six children, viz.: Emily, Jacob, Benjamin F., Pauline, Augusta and Edward. In 1881 Mr. Reed married Mrs. Augusta Thiebes, nee Pohlig. They have three children: Henry, Walter and Oscar. Mr. Reed affiliates with the Democratic party, and served a short time in the Missouri State Militia. He is the second of six children born to John and Mary (Hooper) Reed, natives, respectively, of Kentucky and St. James County, Mo. John Reed moved to what is now Franklin County, Mo., in 1811; he was a son of Edward and Margaret Reed, natives of near Lexington, Ky. He was a soldier of the War of 1812, and served in the Missouri Rangers at a very early day. Mrs. Mary Reed was a daughter of Thomas and Rebecca [Brown) Hooper, the former a native of South Carolina, and a soldier of the War of 1812, and the latter a daughter of John Brown, of Irish descent.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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