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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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James R. Parr, express and general deliverer of Washington, is a native of Boyle County, Ky., born in 1840, and the son of John and Elizabeth (Compton) Parr. The father was a native of Virginia, born in 1808, and was a carpenter by trade. He came from Kentucky to Jackson County, Mo., in 1852, and in 1858 moved to Johnson County, Mo., and died in 1866, in St. Charles County, having moved there in 1863. The mother was born in Kentucky in 1811, and died in 1865. Of their ten children, nine of whom are now living, James R. was the fifth child. He was eleven years of age when his parents moved to Missouri, and at the age of twenty he enlisted in Company A, Fifth Regiment Missouri Infantry Volunteers (Confederate army), and was in service four years. He fought in the battles of Carthage, Oak Hill, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Corinth, Eureka, Columbia, Grand Gulf, Bakers Creek and Vicksburg. At the last named battle he was wounded in the right ankle, was disabled the remainder of the war, yet did service, being on hospital duty the most of the time. He was paroled at Macon, Ga., May, 1865. He then returned to St. Charles County, Mo., and engaged in farming. June 11, 1868, Mr. Parr married Miss Jenetta Painter, who was born in Warren County, Mo., June 23, 1842, and who bore him two children: S. Price and James R. In 1870 our subject came to Washington and commenced teaming, at which business he has since continued. For the past sixteen years Mr. Parr has had charge of delivering the express of the city, and also does various kinds of teaming. He is an industrious man and a good citizen.

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