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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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J. C. AULT, millwright, post-office Sarcoxie, was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1832. His parents, John and Nancy Ault, were natives of the Keystone State; his father was born in 1798, and died in California in 1853; his mother was born in 1803, and died in St. Louis in 1865. When eleven years of age subject moved with his parents to Cincinnati, where the father, being a mechanic, engaged at his trade. There young Ault attended school, receiving a very liberal education. In the spring of 1856 he moved to Iowa, locating at Davenport; constructed several mills in and around Davenport; also one at Coal Valley, Ill. He then went to De Soto, Dallas county, same state, and engaged in the mercantile business for several years. During that time he erected a mill at Dexter, and one at Afton, Union county, Iowa. In the winter of 1877 he moved to Van Buren, Crawford county, Ark., where he erected the Callahan Mills and engaged in other carpentering; also remodeled the Sulphur Springs Mills near Ft. Smith. He came to Jasper county in the summer of 1880, and engaged as head miller in Sarcoxie Mills, which position he still holds. Was married in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1853, to Miss Elizabeth E., daughter of John and Elizabeth Hood, of the Buckeye State. Mrs. A. was born in September, 1833. This union has been blessed with four children: Clara B., Luella M., Annie J., and Edith M. Mrs. Ault died Nov. 7, 1881. She was a consistent member of the Christian Church. Subject was again married June 7, 1882, to Mrs. Nancy A. Davis, nee Carter, of Sarcoxie. Mr. Ault is a man of excellent business qualifications, has a thorough knowledge of his profession, and has contributed no inconsiderable amount to the success of Sarcoxie Mills. He is also a man of energy and enterprise, assisting in matters of consequence for the upbuilding of public institutions, and takes great interest in matters educational and otherwise. He has membership in the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W.

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