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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 BOUCHER, farmer and stock-raiser, post-office Galena, Kan., was born near Montreal, Canada, June 30, 1831. His parents were also natives of Canada, where our subject grew to manhood and received a thorough collegiate education. After graduating he engaged as a teacher in the same college for about five years. He came to the United States in 1858, and shortly after went into the United States army, stationed at St. Louis. At the breaking out of the war he continued in the capacity of quartermaster’s clerk, and remained in the employ of the government until 1872, when he came to Jasper county and located where he now resides. Mr. Boucher was married in Natchez, Miss., May 18, 1865, to Miss Margaret, daughter of Alex, and Jane (Davis) Sutherland of that city. They have nine children, Julia J., born July, 1867; Joseph V., born Feb. 14, 1868; Mary, born Dec. 13, 1870; Rosalie, born Sept. 4, 1872; Leon C., born Nov. 27, 1874; Ida May, born May 18, 1877; Ira E., born Dec. 8, 1878; Terril A., born April 18, 1881, and Esther, born April 9, 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Boucher are members of the Catholic Church. They have a good farm of 160 acres, five miles west of Joplin, in the great lead and zinc region, and there is little doubt it contains a wealth of mineral.

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