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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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Edward M. Murray, farmer, was born in Page County, Va., February 5, 1840, and is the son of Cyrus W. and Sarah (Morehead) Murray, both of whom were natives of Virginia, the father born in 1788 and died in December, 1857. The mother died in 1848. The former was a farmer and also a miller and Government contractor, and at one time owned several mills on Shenandoah River. He succeeded in getting rich, but also became poor in the same business. He was captain during the War of 1812, and was a prominent and influential citizen. The mother was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and to their marriage were born fourteen children. Edward M., four sisters and a brother are the only ones to represent this large family. The former was educated in the common schools of Virginia, and this has been improved by experience. He left his Virginia home, and came to Missouri in 1853, where he engaged in the general commission business as a salesman for an elder brother. Here he remained until 1863, when he started, horseback, across the plains, via Omaha, Neb. After a ride of two months he located in Bannock City, where he was for the next year engaged in mining. He remained there and in Salt Lake City until August, 1864, when he returned to St. Louis, and remained there until the next year, when he came to Franklin County, where he has since resided, engaged in farming. In 1868 Mr. Murray married Miss Ella H. Hundley, who was born in Franklin County, Mo., in 1848, and who is the daughter of Henry W. Hundley. The fruits of this union were nine children, all now living: Walter G., Henry E., Cyrus W., George B., Joseph E., Ben H., Anna, Mabel and Effie. Mr. Murray is a Democrat in his political views, and is a well respected citizen.

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