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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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JOHN DENNEY, farmer and stock-raiser, post-office Reeds, was born in Green county, Pa., July 27, 1821. His parents were also natives of the Keystone State. When our subject was nine years of age the family moved to Knox county, Ohio, and located on a farm. There he grew to maturity, receiving a fair education in the common schools. At the age of fifteen he commenced milling, and a little more than a half decade later took charge of his father’s mill and continued in that capacity four years. In the fall of 1846 he moved to Green county, Wis., and followed the same business until the breaking out of the war. He then enlisted in Company G, Twenty-second Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, and served until the cessation of hostilities. He was with General Sherman in all of his campaigns, and was taken prisoner at Brentwood, Tenn., by the rebel Forest, and confined in Libby Prison, but he was soon after exchanged and returned to his command. He was mustered out in June, 1865, and immediately returned to his home in Wisconsin. In the fall of 1866 he moved to this county, where he now lives, and has since engaged in agricultural pursuits. Mr. Denney was married in Knox county, Ohio, April 13, 1843, to Miss Susanna, daughter of Adam and Susanna Earleywine, natives of Ohio. Mrs. Denney was born in the Buckeye State, July 8, 1822. This union has been blessed with ten children: Isaac M., born Feb. 4, 1844; Nancy M., born Feb. 6, 1846; Sarah J., born Feb. 12, 1849; Thomas W., born Aug. 29, 1851; Julia E.; Rebecca A., born Dec. 1, 1856; Ida Mabel; Mary M., born Feb. 17, 1862; John Sherman, born July 25, 1868; Mary Miranda and Mary Amanda, Mr. and Mrs. Denney have a beautiful home, situated about three and a half miles west of north of Sarcoxie. The farm consists of 300 acres of fine land, well improved, under good fence, commodious dwelling, barn, and other buildings, and an orchard containing a general variety of peach, apple, and other fruits. Mr. Denney is a man of industry, integrity, and enterprise, and is considered one of the most substantial farmers of Jasper county.

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