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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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Smith B. Fletcher, a native of Clermont County, Ohio, was born March 26, 1844, and is a son of John and Eliza (Buckingham) Fletcher, the former a native of Virginia; the latter died when he was but three years of age. Smith B. Fletcher was reared on a farm. During the late war he served as bugler in the Fifth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and participated in some of the hardest fought battles. After a short time of service, being discharged on account of disability, he engaged in railroading, and when but twenty-one years old was employed as a conductor on a passenger train running between Chillicothe and Cincinnati. In 1867 he went to St. Louis, and for several years ran passenger trains on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, removing to De Soto in 1874, where he has since lived, with the exception of one year subsequently spent in St. Louis. September 16, 1871, he married Miss Eliza, daughter of Robert and Esther (Needham) Davidson. Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher have two children: Claude and Paul. Mr. Fletcher is a member of the A. O. U. W. and O. R. C. Mrs. Fletcher is a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Fletcher owns several houses in De Soto; also some business property in Sheldon, Ill.

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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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