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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Amos L. Colman, recorder of deeds, Jefferson County, is a native of Monroe County, Ill., and was born in 1854, the youngest but one of the children born to Jeremiah and Elvira (Robison) Colman. Jeremiah Colman, who was of English descent, was born in Pennsylvania in 1814, and was married at the age of twenty-one in Monroe County, Ill., afterward removing to Macoupin County, Ill., where he remained until 1869, when he located in Jefferson County, Mo., purchasing the De Soto City Mills, which he has since owned; he served several years as mayor of De Soto. Mrs. Elvira Colman was born in Illinois in 1815, and died in 1883, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Amos L. was reared at home, remaining with his parents until his twenty fourth year, and receiving a common-school education. In early life he assisted his father in the mill, and later leased the same, conducting it for six years. He then engaged in mercantile pursuits in De Soto for about two and one-half years, and in 1886, was brought forward by the Republican party as a candidate for the office of recorder, to which position he was elected, assuming the duties of the same the following January; he has proved himself an efficient and trustworthy public official. In February, 1878, he married Emma, daughter of Louis and Annette Mathieu, natives of France. Mrs. Colman is a native of the State of Iowa. Seven children have been born to this marriage, of whom three are now living. Mr. Colman is a member of the I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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