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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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Jacob B. Neely is the son of David and Mary (Ball) Neely, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, born in the year 1792, he February 11, and she August 28. They were married in the year 1814, and the father followed the fuller’s trade, which he had learned while growing up, and continued at this until 1828, when he came to Missouri and located in St. Louis County, one and a half miles southwest of Baldwin. In 1851 they moved to this county and settled on a place known as the “John L. Brant Place.” Their family consisted of fifteen children, eleven of whom lived to be grown. The father spent his last days with his son, in Gasconade County, where he died April 14, 1865. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, was taken prisoner at Fort Meigs, where he was compelled to run the gauntlet, but succeeded in passing through without a scratch. Both parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, but the father’s last years were passed in the Missionary Baptist Church. He was a Democrat in politics. The mother died in Franklin County, May 6, 1875. Jacob B. was born February 16, 1835, in St. Louis County, Mo., and was the youngest member of the family. He grew to manhood on the farm, received a limited education, and remained with and cared for his parents as long as they lived. In 1862 he married Miss Sarah A. Greenstreet, who bore him thirteen children, seven now living: Jefferson D., Jacob L., Mary J., Sarah P., Virginia H., John A. and David J. Mr. Neely is a Democrat in his political views, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. For nearly four years he was mail-carrier from Cedar Fork to Dundee. He has followed agricultural pursuits all his life, and now owns 480 acres. He is a man who gives liberally to all worthy enterprises, and is much respected. He has succeeded in giving his children good educational advantages. His paternal ancestors were Irish and English, while his maternal were Irish and German.

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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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