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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 M. BENWARD, farmer, section 25, post-office Carthage, was born in North Carolina, Dec. 11, 1840. There he spent his youth and early manhood. His education was acquired at the common schools. He also learned the trade of house carpenter. He served his country during the war of the Rebellion, enlisting June, 1862, in Company C, Thirty-first Regiment New Jersey Volunteers. He was attached to the Army of the Potomac, and engaged at the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorville. He was discharged in June, 1863. He then entered in the government employ in the artificers corps and worked for some time near Washington, D. C. He then went to Tennessee in charge of a party of workmen superintending construction in different parts of the state. He returned to his home in New Jersey in 1865; went to Illinois the same year and located in Detroit county, where he was married July 4, 1866, to Miss Elizabeth M. J. Stoops, a native of Ohio. Of this union there are five children: Nettie May, born April 15, 1865; Anna L., born May 12, 1869; Charles F., born March 29, 1872; Hester E., born Aug. 15, 1876; and Franklin D., born Sept. 29, 1882. He went to Texas in 1876 and engaged at mercantile business, also as wagon-maker, and finally construction foreman on the railroad. He became a resident of Jasper county, Mo., in 1882, and purchased 40 acres of land upon which he lives; he also farms 400 acres of leased land.

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