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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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MRS. MARY ARTHUR has resided for many years in Jasper county, and is well known to the old settlers of Spring River; was born in Tennessee, Feb. 25, 1825. She was married in 1843 to Willis Shaw and came to Jasper county, Mo., in 1850. Her husband died four years later, leaving three children, since deceased. She was again married Aug. 19, 1855, to Dr. L. L. Arthur, a native of Virginia. He was well known in Jasper and adjoining counties where he practiced medicine for several years. Though not a graduate of any medical institute, he evinced much skill in practice and was quite successful. He died Jan. 1, 1871, leaving six children; four are now living: S. A., Jeannette, now Mrs. Thos. Rickner; Thos. E., Ellen F., now Mrs. A. Melugin, and Hattie A. The Doctor was also father of ten children by a former marriage. Since the death of the Doctor, Mrs. Arthur has managed the farm and been prosperous. She gave to each of the heirs at their marriage a portion of the property. The farm consists of 240 acres.

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