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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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ALDEN C. BESSE, farmer and breeder of fine stock, section 17, post-office Carthage. He is a native of the Buckeye State, born in Auglaize county, at Uniapolis, a town located and named by his paternal grandfather, who was a native of Bangor, Me., and could trace his genealogy back in an unbroken line to the Plymouth pilgrims. His wife was a Virginian by birth, named Farrow, of an old Virginian family. Our subject moved with his father to Henderson county, Ill., at the age of eleven. He came to Jasper county, Mo., in 1867, and located in Madison township, where his father died March 22, 1876, aged fifty-two. Though having the choice of adopting one of the learned professions, our subject early showed a preference for pastoral life, and has since given his time and attention to tilling the soil. He was married Oct. 17, 1880, to Miss Mary E., daughter of William and Elizabeth McGuire, well known and respected residents of Jasper county. Mr. Besse has in his composition enough Yankee pluck and energy to make him an active go-ahead business man, and does not propose secreting the “talents which his Lord hath given him,” but rather placing them where they will result as a benefit to humanity and profit to himself. He is turning his attention to the propagation of fine stock, and has on his farm, “Cedar Hill,” a herd of pedigreed Short-horns of the “Bates family.” His farm consists of 160 acres, well calculated for stock, having many valuable advantages which he proposes utilizing.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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