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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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Ephraim Williams, farmer and gardener, was born in Fiddington, Somersetshire, England, June 16, 1835. He is one of the thirteen children born to Robert and Elizabeth Williams, and his education was acquired mainly in the night schools, the advantages of the school system being limited there at that time. At the age of sixteen or seventeen he was apprenticed to a Mr. Norman to learn the carpenter’s trade, with whom he served five years. He afterward visited various towns and cities of England, and in 1862 located in London, where he followed his trade ten years. December 23, 1862, in Bath, England, he married Miss Elizabeth Bond, a native of Pitney, Somersetshire, England, who was born May 10, 1835. They have had five children, viz.: Robert (deceased), Thomas, Annie Elizabeth, Mary Jessie and Ellen, the latter two being born in Jefferson County, Mo. In June, 1870, Mr. Williams and family embarked from Liverpool for America, landing in Quebec, Canada. They spent one winter in Oswego, N. Y., but the weather was so severe they concluded to look for more congenial climes, and moved to St. Louis, where Mr. Williams engaged in carpentering. He was subsequently employed to erect the residence of W. S. Jewett, in Plattin Rock, Jefferson County, to which place he moved his family, and he it was who drove the first nail in the interest of the American Plate Glass Company, toward the completion of what is now Crystal City. He owns sixty-eight and one-half acres of land in Joachim Township and is engaged in farming and market gardening, in which he has been quite successful. The family are Presbyterians in religion, and, politically, Mr. Williams is a Democrat.

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