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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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Francis M. Clark, son of Ethan A. and Sarah S. (Pancost) Clark, was born in Cayuga County, N. Y., December 13, 1842. His parents were both natives of Cayuga County, N. Y. The father was a farmer, and in 1861 he and family moved from New York and settled in Franklin County, Mo. He was colonel during the muster of the militia while in New York, and during the late war was captain of Company H, Fifty-fourth Regiment of the State Militia. The father died August 5, 1869, at the age of fifty-one. The mother was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died in 1879, at the age of sixty-one. The result of their marriage was eight children, five now living. Our subject was the third child, and received his education at Ithaca Academy, where Cornell University now stands. At the age of eighteen he taught his first term of school, and after the war made school teaching his profession for the next fifteen years. Teaching in summer did not agree with him, so he gave it up and engaged in farming. For the last two years he has abandoned teaching altogether, and has turned his attention exclusively to farming, and owns a well-improved tract of land. During the war he served in his father’s company of the militia. October 18, 1875, he married Nannie J. Hawkins, of St. Louis County, the daughter of William Hawkins, of St. Louis County. The fruits of this union were six children, four now living: Edna L., Clarence E., Grover A. and May. Those deceased are Ethel and Byron. Mr. Clark is a Democrat and a member of the A. F. and A. M. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church.

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