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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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M. T. BODLEY. The subject of this sketch was born in Tipperary, Ireland, Sept. 2, 1836. At the age of twenty he came to America, settling in the state of Wisconsin. In November, 1861, he married A. E. McKinley, of Bellevue, Jackson county, Iowa. Mrs. Bodley was born and raised in Illinois. The names of their children are Stonewall Jackson, Thomas, and a bright little girl of four years, Lenora by name. Mr. Bodley is an infidel by profession, and has never joined any organization or society. He is a practical miner, having followed the business for twenty-five years. He is one of the mining company of Ward, Down & Bodley, who are prospecting upon the Granby claims near Oronogo for lead, zinc blende, and silicate, which is found in paying quantities.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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