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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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Mrs. Rachel A. McClure and daughter, Alice M. Dunsford, of Vineland, Jefferson Co., Mo., reside on a fine fruit farm of 120 acres, sixty of which are cultivated. They came to Jefferson County in June, 1879, from Gallatin County Ky., in which State both of the ladies were born. Mrs. McClure’s maiden name was Hughes, and her father was Cornelius D. Hughes. She married Dr. Virgil McClure, of Anderson County, Ky., and they became the parents of one child Alice M. Alice was married to the Hon. Gilderoy Wells Griffin, an attorney at Louisville, Ky., afterward United States Consul to Denmark, Samoan Islands New Zealand, Sydney, Australia. One child blessed their union, Virgiline Griffin, who is a girl of rare talents and a skilled violinist, also a composer of music, although very young. She inherits music from her mother, for Alice is an expert in music. Both Mrs. McClure and her daughter are literary each having contributed extensively to newspapers and magazines. Mrs. Dunsford is the author of a book of poems, and has two books yet unpublished. One of Mrs. McClure’s latest poems was to her grand-daughter, Virgiline, and bears marks of great talent and rare culture. Mrs. Dunsford is a widow for the second time, her last marriage having been contracted with an English gentleman whose name is Mr. Frederick Dunsford. Mrs. McClure is a Universalist as was also her husband, the Doctor, who died in that faith. Mrs. Dunsford affiliates with the Christian Church.

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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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