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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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Matthew P. Elliott, a native of Yorkshire, England, was born August 15 1852, and is the eldest son of Thomas and Mary (Dodsworth) Elliott, both of whom were of English birth. He was educated at a private boarding school, and at the age of fifteen was apprenticed to Thwaites & Carbutt, civil and mechanical engineers, and proprietors of the Vulcan Iron Works, of Bradford, Yorkshire, remaining with them until he was twenty-one years of age. He was then employed in the corps of engineers of Sir Charles Siemans, of London, and was subsequently made manager of the steel department of Sir James Kitson’s Monkbridge Iron Works; from there he was transferred to the Birmingham Plate Glass Works, Smethwick, England. November 18, 1882, he immigrated to the United States,, and was installed as assistant general manager of the Crystal Plate Glass Works, of Crystal City, Mo., which position he still retains He is a member of Shekinah Lodge, No. 256, A. F. & A. M., and his political preferences are with the Republican party. In religion he affiliates with those of the Episcopal creed.

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