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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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MRS. JANE BLAKE, widow of Edgeman Blake, deceased. She is a native of Tennessee, born Dec. 14, 1821. When she was yet a child her father, Leroy Wilson, moved to Indiana, and there she married Edgeman Blake, June 30, 1839, and started the same year for southwest Missouri, arriving at Spring River in October. Her husband died July 22, 1855. During life he was a hard working industrious man, kind hearted and generous. He was for many years a member of the Methodist Church South. During the civil war Mrs. Blake was subject to all the horrors of that horrifying time; her grown sons having taken sides with the contending parties, one south and one north. The one that went into the Confederate army she did not hear from for three years. He returned at the close of the war hale and hearty. The one on the side of the Union was killed near Carthage, in July, 1864. Since the war she has been getting along very well. Her family consists of two sons now living, Asberry J., and Leroy. Her son, John K., killed near Carthage in July, 1864, was eighteen years of age. Rosanna A., wife of Robert Toler, died Aug. 25, 1861; and three others died in childhood. The homestead consists of 200 acres.

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