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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 W. BURCH was born January 30, 1841, in Hardy county, Virginia. His father, Covington, and his mother, Elizabeth A., nee Tharp, were natives of Virginia. John W. was born on a farm. In 1862 he enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Seventh Illinois Regiment Volunteers, and served with distinction for three years, being most of the time on detached duty. In the fall of 1865 he came to Benton county, Missouri, and in 1867 to Jasper county, locating at what is now known as the Burch Mines, which were named after his father. He was engaged in mining and teaching school until 1874 when he was appointed deputy treasurer and collector of Jasper county. In 1877 he was appointed deputy county clerk, and served until 1878, when he was elected recorder of deeds for Jasper county, which position he held until January 1, 1883, He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. He was married in 1867 to Nancy E. Barnett, a native of Benton county, Missouri. They have three children living and one deceased.

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