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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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JAMES ALLISON. His farm consists of 200 acres of well improved land, having purchased and settled on the same in January, 1880. He came from Macoupin county, Ill., where he was raised and educated, but was born in St. Louis county, Mo., Dec. 27, 1843, being a son of Adam and Margaret Allison, both of Scotland, where they were reared, educated, and married. They emigrated to Canada in 1842, and the following year went to St. Louis county. There was a family of two children, Margaret and James. Our subject was married July 1, 1874 to Miss Lydia Victoria Morrell, a native of Macoupin county, Ill., born March 11, 1855, a daughter of John L. and Elizabeth (Beeman) Morrell. The lather is a native of Maine, born March 10, 1813. He was raised a Quaker. In 1835 he went to Illinois and taught school; in 1836 he went to Greene county, Ill,, and the following year married the mother, who was born Dec. 11, 1818. Their family consists of five children: Talitha A., D. O., Mary, Lydia Victoria, and Harriet B. S.; having lost the eldest child, James H. The above subject and wife settled on a farm in Macoupin county, Ill., and remained until they came to Missouri where they now reside. They have a family of four children: John L., born Oct. 15, 1875; Margaret E., born Dec. 19, 1876; Daisy, born May 10, 1878; and Hattie, born Aug. 31, 1879. During the late war Mr. A. served in Company C, Seventy-ninth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and participated in all the leading battles in Tennessee and Mississippi, and was confined in Andersonville prison six months. From 1867 until 1871 he was on the Pacific slope.

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