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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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FRANK BOAS, merchant at Galesburgh, located there in 1880. Mr. B. is the only merchant in the town, having a good business house and carries a complete stock of dry goods, notions, boots and shoes, groceries, etc. Everything is kept in fine order and we can say the establishment will compare favorably with any of its size in Jasper county. Our subject is a native of Vallonia, Jackson county, Ind., born Dec. 14, 1856. He is a son of Dr. Jacob and Silva E. (Durand) Boas. He came to Missouri with his father and assisted him on the farm and in the store until of recent date. He is now doing business for himself. He was married to Miss Susan M. Gray, celebrating the event Nov. 4, 1880. She is a native of Lafayette, Iowa, born June 7, 1856, and came with her parents to Jasper county, Mo., in 1870, settling in Mineral township. She is a daughter of Ira and Eliza (Howard) Gray, now residents of Mineral township, Jasper county.

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