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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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John M. Caldwell, a prominent farmer and stock raiser, was born in Franklin County, Mo., June 22, 1833, and is the third in the family of six children born to M. C. and Lucretia (Daugherty) Caldwell. He was reared in his native county, and his education consisted of three months’ attendance at the country school, but, being a good student, he has picked up a fair education. He is a strong advocate of schools and education, and always lends his hearty support to all such enterprises. At the age of eighteen he began doing for himself, and in 1853 he married Margaret, daughter of Samuel Hutton. They are the parents of five children: Elizabeth, now Mrs. Alfred Ficke; Emily J., wife of Delos Farrell; Mary M., wife of Herman Sinkle; Samuel and Daniel J. Mr. Caldwell rented a small farm when he was married, and by hard work and good management has been able to buy several farms, which he sold to an advantage. He now owns a farm of 186 acres, all in a good state of cultivation and well stocked. He served as second sergeant of Company I, Fiftieth Missouri Infantry, during the late war. Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell are highly esteemed members of the Baptist Church, and have many friends. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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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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