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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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Josiah R. Harrison, who is numbered among the prominent farmers and stock-raisers of Big River Township, was born in Valle Township, Jefferson Co., Mo., in 1835, and is the son of George W. and Jemima (Null) Harrison. The father was born in Georgia in 1807, but when a boy came to Jefferson County, where he was married in 1831, and where he made his future home. He was one of the leading farmers, stock-raisers and land-holders of the county. The last few years of his life he was engaged in merchandising. He died in 1855. The mother was born in Jefferson County in 1813, and died in 1859. She was a daughter of William J. and Dorotha Ann Null, who were among the first to settle in the county. Joseph R. was reared at home and received very meager educational advantages. In 1861 he married Miss L. A., daughter of Leander W. and Nancy Pinson, pioneers of Washington County. They moved to Jefferson County, and here Mrs. Harrison was born in 1845. To Mr. Harrison and wife were born three children: Paulina E., wife of William J. McFry; George W., of California, and John A., who died in 1884, at the age of thirteen. Mr. Harrison remained on his father’s old farm until 1864, when he located on Big River, near Morse’s Mill, where he has a fine farm of 321 acres, a large portion being choice bottom lands. He inherited about $700 from his father’s estate, but the balance has been accumulated by his own industry. Politically a Democrat, he cast his first presidential vote for John Bell, in 1860. Mrs. Harrison has been a member of the Baptist Church since her youth, as were also her parents.

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