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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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Richard Farrar is a native of Franklin County, Mo., and was born December 8, 1832; he is the seventh of the eight children of Richard, Sr., and Lydia (Harrison) Farrar. His educational advantages were those of the common schools, and his life was spent on the farm with his parents until their deaths, the father dying in 1879, and the mother in 1873. March 7, 1860, he was united in marriage with Nancy J., daughter of Bennett Thurmond. They are the parents of eight children, of whom six are living, viz.: Thomas J., Emma (now the wife of J. W. Calvird), Richard B., Charles E., Arthur F. and Lillian. Mr. Farrar still owns the old homestead of his father, consisting of 574 acres, to which he has made an addition, and which is well stocked with cattle, sheep, horses and hogs. He is also a member of the firm of R. Farrar & Son, of Champion City. A stanch Republican, he has never aspired to public office, having preferred the life of a quiet citizen, respected by all. He is one of the leading and substantial farmers of the county.

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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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