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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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W. F. ARCHER, farmer and stock-raiser, post-office Sarcoxie, was born in Jasper county, Mo., Oct. 11, 1844. His parents, Michael and Effie Archer, were natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. Our subject was raised on a farm and educated in the common schools. He engaged in farming until the breaking out of the war, when he moved with his parents to Kansas, and soon after to Menard county, Ill. In 1863 he enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Forty-fifth Illinois Infantry Volunteers, and served one hundred days; was mustered out at Camp Butler, and returned home in the spring of 1864 and moved to Sangamon county, same state, and engaged in farming two years and a half; then returned to Jasper county, locating near where he now resides. Mr. Archer was married in this county Feb. 25, 1869, to Miss Amanda A. Stephenson. Mrs. Archer was born March 31, 1850, in Newton county, this state. This union has been blessed with eight children: Chas. W., born Nov. 26, 1869; Finis E., born June 10, 1871; Harvey M., born March 26, 1873, died April 5, 1873; Etta O., born Feb. 22, 1874, died April 26, 1876; Lura Ethel, born July 11, 1876; Ralph O., born June 21, 1878; Lillie F., born July 21, 1880. Mr. and Mrs. A. are members of the M. E. Church. They have a good farm of 137 acres, situated two miles and a half east of Sarcoxie, well improved, good fence, house, barn, young bearing orchard, etc.

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