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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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A. J. BLAKE was born in Sarcoxie township, Jasper county, Mo., May 23, 1844, where he has spent his entire life except the war period. At the age of seventeen he joined the Fifth Missouri Battalion State Guards and was engaged at Pea Ridge. Then he joined the First Missouri Battalion Light Artillery, C. S. A.; and participated in the battles of Cotton Plant, Mansfield, Louisiana; and Jenkins’s Ferry. He returned to his home in July, 1865, and engaged at farming. He was married Sept. 29, 1869, to Miss Mary L. Duncan, also a native of Jasper county. They are the parents of three children: Moses E., Evaline R., and Minerva A. His farm consists of 205 acres.

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