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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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C. C. Close, real estate and insurance agent at Pacific, was born in Berks County, Penn., in 1849, and is the second of four children born to Henry W. and Lavina (Ringler) Close, natives of Berks County, Penn., who moved to Pacific, Mo., in 1857, where they died. Henry W. Close was a bridge-builder; he worked nine years on the Missouri Pacific, and nine years on the North Missouri (now Wabash) Railroad. His parents were Henry W. and Susan (Stout) Close. Mrs. Lavina Close was a daughter of Charles and Lavina Ringler, also natives of Berks County, Penn., the former a sergeant in the War of 1812; he was an auctioneer, and his wedding coat, now eighty-eight years old, is in the possession of Mr. Close. C. C. Close was but seven years of age when his parents moved to Pacific, where he has since resided. He was a stationary engineer for three years, and then engaged in the real estate and insurance business, at which he has since continued. He began life for himself when but fourteen years old, and what he is now worth is the result of his energy and practical business ability. He was married in October, 1878, to Miss Nellie Henry, a native of Pacific, and a daughter of Peter and Martha (Nobel) Henry. They have three children: Nellie B., Charles H. and Frank E. Mr. Close is a Republican in politics. November 4, 1874, he was elected justice of the peace, and has been re-elected at each election since. He was appointed city collector October 25, 1887. He is a Knight of Pythias.

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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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