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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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RICHARD ARNOLD was born July 24, 1837, in Calhoun county, Ill., and was reared on a farm. His father is a native of Indiana, and followed the business of carpentering. At the age of fourteen young Richard went to learn the harness-making business, working at it thirteen years. He was married to Miss Rebecca Linder, in December, 1857, she being born in Green county, Ill., the daughter of W. E. Linder, who is now living in Jasper county. In 1857 Mr. Arnold moved to Avilla, Jasper county, Mo,, and farmed five years; moved to Preston township in 1877, engaging in farming up to the 10th of July, 1882, and then moved to Jasper, and is permanently located second door from the post-office, where he is doing a good business at his trade of harness-making. Mr. Arnold has four children, named Henry E., Gilla A., Luther R., and Llewellyn J. Mr. Arnold is an old settler in Jasper county. When he first came there were only three stores in Carthage, and no such a place as Jasper.

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