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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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MARTIN BYLER, blacksmith. Joplin, Mo., was born in Seneca county, Ohio, June 4, 1842. His parents were natives of Germany. Our subject grew to maturity in the Buckeye State, receiving a liberal education in the common schools. When sixteen he commenced to learn the trade of blacksmith at Attica, Seneca county. He afterwards went to Mansfield same state and engaged at his trade. In the fall of 1861 he enlisted in the First Ohio Independent Battery, Capt. McMullen commanding, and served three years, participated in battles of Antietam, Frederick City and others of lesser importance; mustered out at Martinsburg West Va., and discharged at Columbus, Ohio, after which he returned to his home and shortly after went to Sandusky, same state. While there he engaged at his trade, and he subsequently engaged in same business in Meadville, Pa., Huntington, Ind., Decatur and Springfield, Ill., Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa, St. Louis and Sedalia, Mo., Ft. Scott and Baxter Springs, Kansas. At the last named place he remained eight years; came to Joplin in fall of 1877 and engaged at his trade. Mr. Byler was married at Baxter Springs, Kan., March 20, 1873, to Miss Demoris McQuig, a native of Pennsylvania. Mrs. B. was born Aug. 5, 1853. From their union there are two children. Eddie, born March 10, 1874; Cleo M., born Sept. 30, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. B. have a pleasant home on Joplin Street, between Second and Third. Business on corner of Joplin and Fourth streets.

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