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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. BARKLEY, grocer, was born in Greene county, Tenn., Feb. 18, 1854. His father, Ebenezer Barkley, was a native of North Carolina, born Dec. 5, 1815, and died in Washington county, Mo., Sept. 20, 1858. His mother, Jane (Shields) Barkley, of Maryland, was born Dec. 27, 1817, and died in this county Dec. 24, 1876. While yet a child our subject was brought to Missouri, and his parents located on a farm in Washington county; there his father died, and shortly after his mother moved to Taylor county, Iowa, locating on a farm near Bedford. There they remained eight years, after which time they moved to Montgomery county, Kan., and engaged in farming until 1877. In the fall of that year they came to Jasper county, Mo. One year thereafter he went to Leadville, Col., but returned and commenced mining near this city. He embarked in his present business May 1, 1882, with Mr. J. C. Stacy, and Jan. 1, 1883, purchased his partner’s interest, and has since continued alone. Mr. Barkley was married in Joplin, March 23, 1882, to Miss Alice, daughter of John T. and Esther (Cannon) Mosely, of this city. Mrs. B. was born in Lincoln county, Mo., May 14, 1858. He carries a full line of staple and fancy groceries, provisions, feed, etc.

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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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