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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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John W. Tully, engineer on the Iron Mountain Railroad, with headquarters at De Soto, is a native of Rome, N. Y., and was born January 15, 1851. His father was Henry Tully, also a native of Rome, N. Y. John W. Tully was reared and educated in his native place and before grown began work on the railroad as brakeman on the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad. In 1874 he went to Keokuk, Iowa, and for nine months was employed as fireman on the Keokuk & Des Moines Railroad, and then went to Toledo, Ohio, and was engaged as a brakeman in the yards of the Pittsburgh & Fort Wayne Railroad two years, when he was promoted to yardmaster; he served in the latter capacity two years, and in April, 1877, located in De Soto. He was first employed as a brakeman on the Iron Mountain Railroad, and in 1878 was given a position as conductor of a freight train. In 1880 he went to Fort Worth, Texas, and for one year fired on the Texas & Pacific Railroad. Returning to De Soto, he again worked as a fireman on the Iron Mountain Railroad, until November 23, 1886, when he was promoted to the position of an engineer. January 7, 1882, Mr. Tully was united in marriage with Minnie E. Downing, who died March 26, 1885, leaving two children Flora and Maude. Mrs. Tully was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Tully is a member of the A. O. U. W., and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

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