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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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JACOB G. BRADBURY was born Sept. 29, 1821, in Clermont county, Ohio, and is a son of Jacob Bradbury, who was a native of Maine, and came to Ohio about 1800, moving from there to Illinois. He built a family boat, called “Bitterhead,” and went down the Ohio to Cairo and then up the Mississippi to Scott county. The subject of this sketch is one of the pioneers of Illinois, spending his boyhood days in Scott county. He has a meager education, which he obtained by going to the common schools in the winter months. He was married to Miss Susan Gould, Aug. 11, 1844, a native of Ohio, born April 29, 1823. Mr. Bradbury farmed some time; then moved to Missouri, and was there three years, returning to Illinois and remained there during the war. In 1865 he moved to Pettis county, Mo., and in 1869 came to Jasper county, settling on Spring River. He then sold out and bought his present farm of 160 acres, which was wild land at that time, settling on it in 1872; has 130 acres under cultivation, good improvements, a good orchard, about 100 peach, 180 pear, and 100 apple trees, and other kinds of fruit; also, a good spring, and the stream Dry Fork runs through his farm; he also owns forty acres of well-improved land in Marion township, with good buildings. There are good indications of good lead mines on his land. Mr. Bradbury has two children living by his first wife, Vincent G. and Charles. His first wife died April 28, 1860, and he then married for his second wife Miss Amy Harris, who was born in Virginia, June 10, 1837. By this union they have eight children living: Marshall, Enola, Nettie, Sarah, Alta, James, Jay, and Thomas. Mrs. Bradbury died Dec. 28, 1879, and he married his third wife, April 7, 1881, Mrs. Lucinda (nee Gould) Curry, who was born in Clearmont county, Ohio. She was married to Mr. Curry in January, 1848. She has two children, John and Esta. Mr. Curry died in 1852. Mr. Bradbury is not carrying on the farm, but looks after it, and farms a small portion of it; raises some stock and has some very fine hogs. He takes quite an interest in local affairs; is a very kind and sociable gentleman, and is a good neighbor and highly respected.

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