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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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SAMUEL S. BICE, superintendent and engineer of the Phoenix Lead and Zinc Works, was born in Devonshire, England, Nov. 22, 1840, and raised in Cornwall. His father, William Bice, was agent of mines and a miner for forty years in England, and died in England in 1880. S. S. Bice came to America in 1865, and settled at various times in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Missouri, also Georgia, Virginia, and Mexico. The subject of this sketch was married in June, 1863, to Harriet Peake, who was born in Cornwall, England, in 1843. They have one daughter living, Fannie, and six children dead. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bice are members of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Bice is a member of the Odd Fellows, Independent Order of Red Men, Sons of St. George, Knights of Honor, and Mystic Band of Brothers, Mr. Bice has been for years engaged in mining interests, since a boy, even before coming to this country, and is therefore abundantly qualified to manage successfully such an enterprise as the Phoenix Lead and Zinc Mines. He resumed this responsibility in October, 1882, and is also interested as a stock owner, holding one-fifth share. Mr. Bice is a man of great energy, and will undoubtedly make this enterprise succeed. [A full description of the mines will be found on page 756.]

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