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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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Lewis T. Cosby, a contractor and builder of De Soto, was born in Buckingham County, Va., October 14, 1825, and is a son of Rev. Vincent and Sarah (King) Cosby. The former, now deceased, was a Methodist minister and brick mason. Lewis T. Cosby followed the pursuit of farming, to which he was reared, for several years, obtaining his education in the subscription schools of his native county. He removed to Jefferson County, Mo., in 1842, and first settled near Victoria, where he engaged in farming until 1853. In 1862 he learned the trade of a bridge carpenter, at which he worked several years, and during the late war assisted in looking after the railroad bridges for the United States Government. He is also a contractor and house carpenter. His marriage to Mary H. Bage, daughter of William Bage (deceased), occurred December 24, 1846. Mr. and Mrs. Cosby have been blessed with four children, as follows: William, who married Sarah Dobbins, is a resident of St. Louis, and has four children-William, Estella, Raymond and Mary; Robert married Lydia Hunt, and resides near Victoria, the parent of two children, Ella and Emma; Emma married Albert Tyler, who died leaving one child, Bertie, and she afterward became the wife of Ahira J. Beardslee, of Marquand, Mo; Vincent married Lillie Barker, and lives in Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Cosby owns 120 acres of land in Central Township, Jefferson County, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in Joachim Lodge, No. 164, of Hillsboro.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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