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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 DESIEUX, farmer, post-office Smithfield; a native of France; and was born Dec. 11, 1830. He immigrated with his parents to America when he was ten years of age, landing at New Orleans, and came direct to Missouri and located in Osage county, where shortly after his parents died. Our subject grew to manhood in Osage county and engaged in agriculture, and attended the common schools. In 1851 he went to Moniteau county, Mo., and two years later came to west Missouri and engaged in farming in Barton county until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in the Tenth Missouri Confederate Cavalry, and served three years, and was mustered out at Shreveport, La., in June, 1865, and joined his family in Pettis county. In 1867 became to this county, and located where he now resides. Mr. Desieux was married in Osage county in Aug, 1851, to Miss Lavina, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Wovlen) Robison.

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