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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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JOSEPH BAKER, farmer and stock-raiser, post-office Sarcoxie, was born in Alabama, Sept. 23, 1822. His parents, John and Susan Baker, were natives of Tennessee. During infancy our subject moved with parents to McMinn county, Tenn. There he was raised on a farm and educated in the common schools. In 1852 he moved to Adams county, Ill., and for twenty years engaged there in agricultural pursuits. Came to Missouri in 1872, locating in Jasper county, where he now resides. Mr. Baker was married in McMinn county, Tenn., Dec. 12, 1844, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of John and Catharine Derick, of that county. This union has been blessed with ten children: James A., born Nov. 24, 1845, died Jan. 1, 1848; John C., born Nov. 28, 1847; Samuel H., born Jan. 31, 1850; Leah C., born March 11, 1853; Thomas J., born Jan. 26, 1855; Mary A., born Feb. 3, 1857, died Oct. 20, 1861; Joseph A., born May 6, 1859; William R., born Feb. 9, 1862; Julia A., born Dec. 2, 1863, and Louisa E., born April 16, 1869. Mr. and Mrs. Baker are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Farm consists of 220 acres of choice land, well fenced and watered, mostly in an excellent state of cultivation; large residence, with beautiful yard set in shade and ornamental trees; good barn and other out-buildings; one of the finest young bearing orchards in southwest Missouri. Mr. Baker is a practical farmer as well as an experienced horticulturist, and is considered one of the most substantial and wide awake citizens of Jasper county.

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