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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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Norman B. Munro, farmer, was born in Scotland, in 1822, son of John and Ann (Breid) Munro. The father was a plasterer by trade. Norman B. was educated at St. Andrew’s College, one of the oldest and most famous institutions of learning in Scotland. He was married March, 1847, to Anna Armstrong, a native of North Ireland, and of the seven children born to this union four are now living: George C., James A., David Alexander (of Illinois) and John Clifton. In 1850 Mr. Munro came to the United States and settled near Albany, N. Y., but moved from there to Putnam County, then to Westchester County, where he lived until 1867, at which date he came to Jefferson County, Mo., and located two miles east of Hematite, where he has a fine farm of 147 acres. He has been engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life, and has spared no pains in the advancement of his children, both morally and intellectually. He is strictly independent in all partisan affairs. He is a Presbyterian in his religion, and has put forth every effort to establish an organization of that denomination in his neighborhood, but as yet has not been successful. Mr. Munro lost one child in the old country and two in this, viz.: Norman W., who died November 13, 1881, at the age of twenty-two; Anna Mary, wife of Frederick A. Pedley, married in 1868, and died August 12, 1887, leaving four children; Alice (now Mrs. Louis Funk), Lillie, Norman and Mabel. Much credit is due to Mr. and Mrs. Monroe for the abolition of the dram shops in Hematite, and for the high moral and social standing of the people of the town, for which virtue Hematite is unsurpassed by any village in the State.

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