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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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SILAS ALEXANDER was born in Mifflin county, Penn., Nov. 16, 1831, where he was reared and educated. His parents are both deceased, his father, Silas, having died Sept 19, 1878, and his mother, Elizabeth, died when he was small. Having attained the age of manhood he enlisted at Darlington, Lafayette county, Wis., in the Third Wisconsin Infantry, serving more than four years. In 1869 he went to Pike’s Peak. He was married in Montgomery county. Ill., Oct. 24, 1869, to Elizabeth Irving, who was born in Montgomery county, Ill., July 14, 1843. He became a citizen of Illinois in 1868 and of Jasper county, Mo., in 1880. Both Mr. and Mrs. Alexander are members of the M. E. Church. Farm comprises eighty acres, about forty-seven of which is improved, having raised, during the season of 1882, some 400 bushels of wheat and 500 bushels of corn. There are about 200 apple trees, 200 peach trees, grape vines and all kinds of small fruits. There are good buildings and general improvements on the farm, which is located in section 20 township 29, range 31, of Marion township,

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