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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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Edwin Mercer, traveling engineer for the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad, was born in Dover, N. H., January 22, 1841, and is a son of Josiah Mercer. Mr. Mercer settled in St. Louis in 1859, where he resided until the fall of 1883 when he removed and located in De Soto. He received a common-school education, and has been in the employ of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad for many years. He was first engaged as a brakeman on freight trains, then wiped engines, subsequently fired, and still later was employed as an engineer for eight or ten years. In 1873 he was promoted to his present position, that of traveling engineer on the Missouri Division. October 28, 1876, he married Elizabeth Annie Wilson, daughter of John Wilson, a machinist of South St. Louis. Mrs. Mercer was born in England, and is a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Mercer is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Odd Fellows and the Legion of Honor.

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