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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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SYLVANUS A. BUTLER, gardener and fruit-grower, post-office Carthage. The subject of this sketch is a native of Lincoln county, Mo., born Feb. 26, 1827. His parents returned to their former home in Montgomery county, Ky., when he was quite young, remaining there until 1841, when they moved to Randolph county, Mo. Here our subject was married March 21, 1848, to Miss Mary A. Dodson, a native of Kentucky, reared and educated in Randolph county, Mo. He came to Jasper county in 1867 and bought the farm he now occupies. His wife died in 1880, leaving a family of four sons and seven daughters, named as follows: Nancy J., wife of A. D. Morgan; Sarah E., wife of J. J. Winder; Frances, wife of John Galentine; George O., Nicholas M., Clara and Ella (twins); Ella died June 6, 1882, aged 21; Mollie, died in May, 1882, aged 17; Robert L., Martha V., and Jasper D. Mrs. Butler was, during life, a member of the Presbyterian Church from the age of thirteen; she was an exemplary Christian lady, and by her pleasant, social disposition had endeared herself to many, and enjoyed the love and esteem of hosts of friends. She was a kind and indulgent parent and true wife. Since 1878 Mr. Butler has turned his attention entirely to fruit-growing. His farm being situated two and one-half miles from Carthage, on gently rolling ground and propitious soil, makes the situation especially desirable for that purpose. His orchard comprises all the favorite varieties of thrifty bearing trees, also several acres of small fruits, berries, etc. Mr. Butler is a man honored and respected in the community, has held several offices of public trust, and has administered the office of civil magistrate for several years.

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