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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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R. W. McMullin is the present treasurer of Jefferson County, and is the editor of the Jefferson Democrat. In the family of his parents, John T. and Eliza M. (Jamison) McMullin, were ten children, four of whom are living. R. W. the third child, and the eldest now living, was born in Jefferson County, June 2, 1842. John T. McMullin is a son of Samuel McMullin who was a native of Ireland, and settled in Jefferson County, near Valle Mines in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Eliza M. McMullin was a daughter of Robert Jamison, who was also one of the pioneers of Jefferson County The parents were married about 1837, and settled on a farm on Plattin Creek; the father was born in 1812, and was three times elected assessor of Jefferson County, performing the duties of that office to the satisfaction of all. R. W. was educated in the common schools, and in the winters of 1860 and 1863 taught a district school. In August, 1862, he enlisted for three years in the Thirty-first Regiment Missouri Volunteers, but was discharged at the expiration of three months on account of throat and lung diseases contracted in the service. February 1, 1863, he was appointed deputy county clerk under Samuel A. Reppy, in which capacity he served until May, 1865, being then appointed county clerk by Gov. Fletcher, retaining the latter office until November, 1866, when he was elected to the same position on the Radical ticket, and performed the duties of the office to the satisfaction of all and to his own credit. In June, 1871, Mr. McMullin purchased the Jefferson Democrat, a paper in which he had been interested for some time previously. He still owns and conducts the paper, which is the most newsy and firmly-established paper in Jefferson County. Mr. McMullin was elected county treasurer of the county in 1884, being elected to the same position in 1886. In March, 1864, occurred his marriage to Miss Mary E., daughter of B. S., Reppy, who died in 1865. The following year he married Miss Mary E., daughter of E. F. Honey, and to their union have been born four sons and four daughters. Mr. McMullin is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to Joachim Lodge, No. 164, A. F. & A. M., and also to Cape Stone R. A. C, No. 33. He has taken great interest in Masonic matters, and has served as D. D. G. M. of his Masonic district.

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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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