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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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CHARLES BISSELL, farmer and fruit-grower, post-office Carthage. The subject of this sketch was born in Jefferson county, N. Y., March 20 1815, where he was reared to manhood, and acquired a good common school education. Was married March 29, 1836, to Miss Julia A. Allen, of the same county and state. Moved to St. Lawrence, New York, in 1842, and engaged as a carpenter and builder, having mastered that business in his youth. Immigrated west in 1867, locating in Marion, Linn county, Iowa, where he lived two years. Became a resident of Jasper county, Mo., in 1869, locating at Carthage, where he followed contracting and building until 1875, when he moved to where he now lives, and became a tiller of the soil. His farm consists of forty acres, beautifully situated, two miles from Reeds station, and has natural groves of timber on the east and north. Mr. Bissell is turning his attention to horticulture, and has the largest and best orchard in the township, consisting of apples, peaches, pears, cherries of many varieties and good quality, and small fruits in great abundance; also a vineyard which yields large quantities of grapes of excellent quality. He is operating an evaporating kiln which turns out fruits and berries in much better condition than sun-dried fruits. He has a family of three sons and two daughters: Clara A., now Mrs. J. H. Madock, of Gouverneur, K. Y.; Caroline, now Mrs. Allen Young, of Jasper county, Mo.; Charles V. and Elliott H., contractors and builders, of Carthage, Mo., and Fred, at home on the farm. The elder son served in a New York volunteer regiment during the war of the Rebellion.

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