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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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William H. Harris, master mechanic of the Iron Mountain Railway Shops, De Soto, is a native of Auburn, N. Y., and was born February 25, 1838. His father, Daniel Harris, was a native of the same place and died in 1839. William H. Harris was educated in his native city, and when nineteen years of age learned the machinist’s trade in Toronto, Canada, in the shops of the Northern Railroad Company, where he was employed six years. He then returned to Oswego, N. Y., and worked in the shops of the Rome & Water Cross Railroad as master mechanic about six years. He located in De Soto in 1880, accepting at that time his present position. He has charge of the locomotive department, and over thirty engines leave the shops daily. These railroad shops were established in De Soto in 1876. January 9, 1866, Mr. Harris married Eliza Paine, daughter of Edmond Paine, of St. Louis. Two children have blessed this union, May and Roswell. Mr. Harris is a member of the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in the lodge of Oswego, N. Y. Mrs. Harris is a member of the Episcopal Church.

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