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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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Christopher Campbell was born in Switzerland. His parents embarked for the United States when he was an infant, and the mother died on board the ship just before landing in New Orleans. The father settled first at Sandy, Jefferson Co., Mo., and his death occurred when Christopher was six years of age. Christopher’s real name is Christopher Croft, but after the death of his father he was bound out to John Campbell, who moved to Potosi, Washington Co., Mo., where he kept a hotel. Christopher worked in the hotel, and his educational advantages were very limited, having acquired nearly all of his education since grown. January 20, 1871, he married Mary, daughter of Michael Hurst, who died in the service of the United States during the late war. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, of whom five are living, viz.: Minnie L., Lula M., George A., Grace and Frederick. Mr. Campbell returned to Jefferson County in 1865, settling in Joachim Township, and removing to his present farm in 1882.

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