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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. H. BLACK, superintendent Lone Elm White Lead Works, Joplin, was born in Greenup county, Ky., Aug. 11, 1848. His parents, Henry and Eliza (Bradshaw) Black, were also natives of Kentucky. His father was born Dec. 25, 1818, and died Nov. 25, 1862. His mother was born Jan. 7, 1819, and now resides at Baxter Springs, Kan. When about seven years of age our subject moved with his parents to Atchison county, Kan. There he attended the common schools, receiving a liberal education, and also learned the blacksmith’s trade. In the winter of 1863 he enlisted in the Fourth Kansas Battery and served until the close of the war. The principal part of his fighting was with the Indians. He was in Curtis’s expedition, and participated in the battle at the headwaters of the Republican River and others. He was mustered out in June, 1865, returned to Kansas, and went to Fort Scott, where for ten years he engaged in mining, working about thirty men. He came to Joplin in the spring of 1875 and went into the employ of Messrs. Moffet & Sergeant, engaging in smelting, and took charge of the entire works as superintendent in Dec, 1880. Mr. Black was married in Fort Scott, Kan., June 1, 1873, to Miss S. R., daughter of A. S. and Ellen Humphreys, of that city. Mrs. B. was born in Illinois Dec. 2, 1852. From this union there were three children: Howard, born March 9, 1874, in Fort Scott; Cora, born Feb. 9, 1876, and died Feb. 15, 1877, in Joplin; and Gertrude, born May 12, 1880, also in Joplin. Mr. Black is a member of the I. O. O. F. He is a man of extraordinary business qualifications, and it is only just to say that the success of the “experiment” which he has conducted is in no inconsiderable part due to his management.

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