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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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Leonidas R. Walker, engineer on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad, with headquarters at De Soto, was born in Valle Township, Jefferson County, December 6, 1844. His father was William Walker, a native of Tennessee, and one of the pioneers of Jefferson County, Mo.; he married Elizabeth Null, and of the nine children born to them, six are living: Ellen, now Mrs. Goff; Zoe, William H., James N., Caroline, now Mrs. Stewart, and Leonidas R. One son, Franklin, went to California when a youth, where he died. When Leonidas R. Walker was small he was taken by his parents to Arcadia, Mo. He received a common-school education, and in 1866 was employed as a brakeman on the railroad, being promoted to the position of engineer in 1870; he has had charge of his present engine, No. 426, for the past two years. May 9, 1871, he married Carrie Hamilton, daughter of George Hamilton (deceased). Mrs. Walker was born in St. Francois County, Mo. One child has been born to Mr. Walker and wife, named William L. Mr. Walker is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, a Select Knight of the A. O. U. W., and a member of the Masonic Fraternity.

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