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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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T. J. BOYD, farmer, post-office Sarcoxie, was born in Christian county, Ky., Aug. 27, 1835. His parents, Josiah and Jane Boyd, were natives of North Carolina. Subject came with his parents to what is now Newton county, Mo., during infancy, and when four years of age to Jasper county. Here he was raised and educated in the common schools. At the age of twenty-one he went to Monroe county, this state, and engaged as a mechanic until the close of the war. In June, 1865, he moved to Howard county, Mo., and there engaged for fourteen years in agricultural pursuits; he then went to southwestern Texas, and three years later returned to Jasper county, locating at Sarcoxie. Mr. Boyd was married in Monroe county, Mo., to Miss Mary L., daughter of David and Evaline Overfelt, of that county. Mrs. B. died Sept. 30, 1857. Subject was again married Aug. 20, 1860, to Miss Maria J. Woodson, of Monroe county, but a native of Virginia. She departed this life Aug. 8, 1862. Mr. B. was again married in Howard county, March 1, 186 -, to Miss Eliza A. Wood. From this union there are six children: J. W., born May 8, 1865; Eliza Jane, born March 29, 1873; Martha E., born Nov. 19, 1875; James C., born March 10, 1877; Emily G., born Dec. 6, 1878; and John R., born Sept. 19, 1880. Mrs. B. is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Subject, though now retired from active work because of ill health, is a man of energy and enteprise.

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