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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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J. H. Bartle, an enterprising merchant of St. Claire, was born in Prairie Township, Franklin Co., Mo., December 20, 1849, the eldest of the four children born to William H. and Maria (Brewer) Bartle, natives, respectively, of Cameron, England, and Illinois. The parents were married in Franklin County, Mo., whither the father came in 1844, and the mother with her parents some time later; the former died in 1883, and the latter is still living in St. Claire, at the age of fifty-five. Though the father owned and resided on a farm he was always engaged in mining, and was manager of the Silver Lead and St. Claire Mines for many years. J. H. Bartle was educated in the common schools, and at the age of nineteen began clerking for Dr. Payne, at Moselle, where he remained eighteen months, at the expiration of which time he returned to the home of his parents and engaged in teaching until 1877. He then established a mercantile store at St. Claire, which for one year was conducted by Mrs. Bartle; during that time Mr. Bartle was engaged in the Northumberland Lead Mines, with which he has since been connected, but has devoted his attention more particularly to the mercantile business. At present he is manager of the Northumberland Mines, owns and manages a store, shoe-shop, lumber yard, livery stable and lead-ore smelter. July 4, 1872, he was united in marriage with Mattie, daughter of Jordan and Rachel (Taylor) Glenn, who was born in Crawford County, Mo., March 18, 1848, and came with her parents to Franklin County when a child. Mr. and Mrs. Bartle were the parents of one child, now deceased. Mr. Bartle is the possessor of forty-two lots and seven dwellings within the corporation of St. Claire, twenty acres of land adjoining the place, and 160 acres in Prairie Township. May 11, 1885, he began smelting lead ore, and since that time has bought, dug out, smelted and shipped to St. Louis over $43,000 worth of lead. As a result of his close application to business he has been unusually successful. He is a Democrat in politics, and first voted for Horace Greeley in 1872. He is a worthy member of Union Lodge, No. 173, A. F. & A. M., and of Excelsior Lodge, No. 399, A. O. U. W. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and lend cheerful support to all worthy enterprises.

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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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