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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 BROADLEY, grocer, Joplin, was born in Michigan, Oct. 25, 1844. His parents, Thomas and Sarah (Coats) Broadley, were natives of England. The subject grew to manhood in his native state, receiving a liberal education. When twenty-six years of age he went to Indiana, locating near Lagrange, Lagrange county, where he engaged in farming two years. He then came west to Cherokee county, Kansas, and continued farming and the raising of stock for about eight years. Came to Joplin in the fall of 1878, and mined for several months; then embarked in his present business, with F. A. Allen, under the firm name of Allen & Broadley. On Sept, 21, 1882, he purchased the entire interest and has since continued. Mr. Broadley was married in St. Joseph county, Mich., Feb. 20, 1809, to Miss Fannie M., daughter of John and Sarah (Soars) Jarrett. Mrs. B. is a native of the Keystone State, born March 17, 1850. From this union there were two children, one living, Sarah Gertrude, born July 13, 1870, and Charles H., born Nov. 23, 1872, and died May 9, 1873. Mrs. B. is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. B. is a man of good business qualifications and may be found on Main Street, between Fifth and Sixth, where he carries a full line of staple and fancy groceries, provision, 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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