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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 Humes, also one of the prominent farmers and stock-raisers of Meramec Township, was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1852, and is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ann (Ring) Humes. The father was born in England, and when about eighteen years of age came to the United States, and worked a short time in the salt mines in New York. He then went to Galena, Ill., making the journey on foot, and from there to St. Louis, where he passed the remainder of his life in the interest of coal mining. He had made mining almost his life-long business, and was thoroughly conversant with all its workings. He sunk and operated the first coal shaft that was ever sunk in the State of Missouri, and was the inventor of what miners call the “Gin,” a machine for hoisting coal with a horse. He was married in St. Louis, and died December 25, 1875. His wife was born in Indiana, and died July 6, 1876. William grew to manhood on the farm and secured a fair education in the common schools. He was married in 1875 to Miss Amanda S., daughter of Oscar F. and Jane Buchanan, who were natives of St. Louis. Two children were born to this union: Oscar F. and Maud S. After marriage Mr. Humes spent about two years teaming, after which he turned his attention again to farming, and remained in St. Louis County until 1884, when he came to Jefferson County, and settled on Big River near House’s Springs, where he has an excellent farm of 190 acres. While in St. Louis County he rented a good farm, and in two years of successful and able management was enabled to purchase a good home of his own. He has also considerable property in St. Louis left him from his father’s estate. Politically a Democrat, his first presidential vote was cast for Tilden, in 1876.

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