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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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FRANCIS B. BRISTOW was born in Jackson county, Ind., Jan. 6, 1840. His father, William, removed to Franklin county, Ill., in 1840, and died there in 1850. The subject of this sketch enlisted in the Sixth Illinois Cavalry, serving nearly two years. He came to Jasper county in October, 1865, where Carthage now stands. He was married Dec. 23, 1878, to Mary E. O’Neil, who was born in Jefferson, Kan., Nov. 20, 1861. The children are Serelda and James W. Both are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Bristow owns a farm of 120 acres, and 100 in wheat averaged seventeen and one-half bushels to the acre. There are about 200 bearing apple trees. He is by trade a photographer, in Smithfield. Mr. Bristow is one of the pioneers of the country, homesteading here, building the first shanty on the prairies. His trading point was at this time Springfield. He endured many privations and hardships, but proved superior to them all and now owns a fine farm. His father was born in Kentucky and was a second cousin of Benj. Bristow, ex-secretary of the treasury. The farm is in township 28, range 34, section 1.

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