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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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E. F. BOTKIN, proprietor Botkin’s livery, feed, and sale stable, Joplin, was born in Springfield, Ohio, March 7, 1834. His parents, Charles and Dorcas (Tuttle) Botkin, were natives of Virginia. His father was born in 1797, and died in the fall of 1872, in Clark county, Ohio. His mother was born in 1798, and died in the fall of 1877. The subject was raised on a farm, and educated liberally in the common schools; he engaged in agricultural pursuits until twenty-six years of age, and then commenced railroading which he followed three years. In April, 1865, he came west, locating in Linn county, Kansas, and, two years later, to Baxter Springs, and for four years engaged in the grocery business. He came to Joplin in 1874, engaged in the livery business, and established a stage line between here and Baxter Springs. Mr. Botkin was married in Joplin, Dec. 25, 1878, to Mrs. Mary M. Nesbit, daughter of John and Temperance (Sullivan) McCormack, of Sparta, Ill. Mrs. B. was born in Nashville, Tenn. This union was blessed with one child, Mary D., born Oct. 2, 1880, and died Dec. 25. 1882. Mrs. B. is a member of the M. E. Church. Mr. B. is a member of the A. O. U. W. Residence and business is on Fourth Street, between Main and Joplin streets.

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