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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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DAVID E. ZELLERS, farmer and stock-raiser, section 5, post-office Carthage. The subject of this sketch is a native of Jasper county; son of John and Miley Zellers, natives of Ohio, who came to Jasper county at a very early day. Settled in Madison township, where he lived many years highly respected, and died in Dec., 1872, aged fifty-eight. His widow still survives him, though in feeble health, at the home of our subject, who first saw the light in Jasper county, Feb. 13, 1848, and was reared on Spring River, leading a quiet uneventful life up to the breaking out of the civil war, who though a mere youth was pronouncedly in favor of the Union, and at the age of seventeen enlisted in Company D, of the Forty-fifth Missouri Volunteers. Served in Missouri and Tennessee; was also provost guard at the barracks at Cairo, Ill. Was discharged in Aug., 1865, returning to his home on Spring River. His next venture was running a saw and grist-mill on the present site of the Forest Mills, in connection with his father. Was married here April 30, 1871, to Miss Amada I. Arthur, a native of Kentucky. Of this union there are four children living: Miley M., born March 26, 1872; Benjamin F., born July 6, 1876; Bertie W., born Nov. 13, 1879; and Ida, born April 18, 1882. He has a nice farm consisting of sixty acres, situated near Forest Mills on Spring River, six miles from Carthage.

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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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