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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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Burrell S. Reppy, merchant of De Soto, was born in Washington County, Mo., in 1819, and is a son of Harry and Elizabeth Reppy, the former of whom, a native of Ireland, was born in 1772, and when sixteen years of age came to America. Upon arrival in this country Harry Reppy first settled in Tennessee, but about the year 1808 removed to the State of Missouri, and was one of the pioneer settlers of the southeastern part of that State. He worked in the mines in Washington County until his death, in 1827. He was the father of six children by his fourth wife, mother of Burrell S., who died in 1829. Of this family but four are living, viz.: Henry G., in California; Burrell S., at De Soto, Jefferson Co., Mo.; Hiram, at Valle Mines, Jefferson County, Mo., and James, in San Francisco, Cal. His mother dying when Burrell S. was but eight years of age, and his father surviving her but five years, he was taken by one Charles Yates, with whom he lived until thirteen years old. Running away from his guardian he went to St. Louis County, and was taken by a merchant at Manchester, where he remained five years. At the age of twenty he engaged in business for himself in Philadelphia, Marion Co., Mo., whence, in 1843, he removed to Galena, Ill., where he was engaged in general merchandising for the following nine years. In 1852 he located in La Crosse, Wis., and engaged in the same business. In 1840 he married Miss Rebecca Bullock, who was born in Boone County, Ky., in 1820, and when twelve years old came to Missouri with her parents, John C. and Mary Bullock. Mr. and Mrs. Reppy have three children: Charles D., an editor of Arizona; Henrietta, widow of Nathaniel G. Day, of St. Louis, and George F., a commercial traveler, of Denver, Colo. In November, 1861, Mr. Reppy enlisted in Company B, Second Wisconsin Cavalry, Union army, and served nearly three years; he served as second lieutenant and captain of his company through Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee, and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, at which place he was discharged, in the fall of 1864. He then returned home and in 1865 came to De Soto, where for the following twenty-two months he engaged in general merchandising. Selling his mercantile stock, he turned his attention to the cultivation of small fruits and vegetables, which occupation he followed for eighteen years. He established his present business in 1883, and has since been selling goods. Mr. Reppy is one of the oldest citizens of Southeastern Missouri, and is highly esteemed. In politics a Republican, he served as justice of the peace eleven years. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. Mr. and Mrs. Reppy are members of the Congregational Church, in which he has served as deacon for many years.

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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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