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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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Booker Richardson, farmer, near Kimmswick, and a brother of Skelton Richardson, whose sketch just precedes this, was born in St. Louis County, in 1831, and is the youngest of thirteen children born to Booker and Nancy (Cheatham) Richardson. He remained at home until the age of seventeen, having to walk six miles in order to get any schooling. He then crossed the plains to California, where he remained eleven years engaged in mining. In 1860 he returned to Jefferson County, and the following year enlisted in Company E, Second Missouri Cavalry, Confederate army, and joined Gen. Forrest, with whom he served until the downfall of the Confederacy. He then surrendered at Columbus, Miss., and carried the flag of truce to Iuka, Miss., after the call for surrender. He then returned to Jefferson County, where he was married to Miss Sarah Wells, a native of Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., in 1866. Her parents, John and Marenia (Jackson) Wells, were formerly from Kentucky, but came to Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., later in life. Twelve children were born to Mr. Richardson’s marriage, five of whom are living, viz.: Addie, Julia, Henry, Arthur and Sarah. Mr. Richardson has since lived one-half mile southwest of Kimmswick, where he has a fine farm of seventy acres; he is also the owner of several other tracts. Politically a Democrat, he is also an honest, upright man.

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