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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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Thomas E. Moss, farmer and teacher of Rock Township, Jefferson Co., Mo., was born in the same in 1855, and is the eldest of five children born to James T. and Ella J. (Tevis) Moss. He was educated in the common schools and finished at De Soto at the age of nineteen. He then taught two years, and served as county collector under his father. During the winter of 1879 he made an extensive tour through Arkansas, Texas, etc., and then for about ten months was engaged in merchandising at Festus. In March, 1885, he was appointed county collector by Gov. Marmaduke, to fill a vacancy, and held that office until March 1887, to the general satisfaction of the public. Since then he has devoted his time and attention to farming, being the owner of 304 acres on Grand Glaize Creek, near his birthplace, and one of the successful, energetic and leading farmers and stock-raisers of the county. Miss Caroline Reichmann, daughter of Christian and Louisa Reichmann, became his wife in 1879, and to this union were born four children: Ira L., Nora M., Roy W. and Eva. Politically a Democrat, Mr. Moss cast his first vote for Tilden in 1876. He is a descendant of the very first settlers of Jefferson County, and an honest, upright citizen.

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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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