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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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Bonaparte Dover (deceased), late of Section 21, Big River Township, was born in Washington County, Ind., October 11, 1831, the son of Judge John and Jemima (Stevens) Dover. The father was a captain in the War of 1812, and was in several prominent battles. He moved from Indiana to Ste. Genevieve, Mo., in 1841, or thereabouts, and came to Jefferson County and settled with his family in Big River Township in 1844. He was judge of the county court of Jefferson County for some time, and was a prominent surveyor. The subject of this sketch was the sixth child, and received a good business education in the common schools of the day. On reaching his majority he returned to Ste. Genevieve, where, for four years, he was clerk at the landing. At this time, his father having died, he came back to Jefferson County to take care of his mother and the younger members of the family. In about 1860 he bought a quarter section of land near what is now called Frumet, and settled there. He was married to Miss Nancy S. Lollar, of Jefferson County, November 7, 1861. He took no active part in the war, as he was deputy sheriff most of the time, but served some in the militia near its close. He was strongly in favor of the preservation of the Union. After the war he devoted his whole energies to the improvement of his farm, and was active in promoting the interests of his brother farmers, and the cause of education, and later on, that of religion, he having joined the Methodist Episcopal Church of Frumet in 1881. He was steward of the church, and an active member. His life well illustrates the good one may do in a quiet unassuming way in private life, but is hard to do justice by in a biography. He was averse to politics, and vastly preferred the independence and retirement of rural life. He died a triumphant Christian April 27, 1883, leaving his wife and six children to mourn his decease. The following are the names of the children: John A., Mary B., Minnie A., Leroy B., George P. and Elmer W. The three eldest are influential teachers in Jefferson County at the present time. Mrs. Dover is a worthy member of the Baptist Church.

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