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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. P. BOYD, miller and farmer, Sarcoxie, was born in what was then Barry county, Mo., near the present site of Joplin. His parents, Josiah and Jane, were natives of North Carolina; subject was raised on a farm and educated in the common schools. In the fall of 1862 he enlisted in Company C, Fifteenth Missouri Cavalry and served until the close of the war; participated in a number of battles of considerable importance; mustered out at Springfield, Mo., July 1, 1865, and returned to this county; engaged in agricultural pursuits and soon after in the mercantile business with Gilbert Schooling, at Sarcoxie; continued thus until 1879 when he disposed of his interest in the store to Mr. Schooling, and purchased the Sarcoxie Mills. The name has since been changed to the Victor Mills, a history and description of which will be found in Sarcoxie township, page 665. Mr. Boyd was married Feb. 13, 1862, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Hon. James Haggard, at present associate judge of Jasper county. From this union there are six children. Mr. and Mrs. B. are both members of the M. E. Church; they have a beautiful home about one and a half miles west of Sarcoxie. Mr. Boyd is a man of energy, enterprise, and excellent business qualifications; besides his large milling interests which he personally superintends, he owns a large farm and is engaged extensively in farming and stock-raising. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., Sarcoxie Lodge No. 248.

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