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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 J. Rowe is the fourth of the fifteen children, seven of whom are now living, born to Edward and Grace (Hockins) Rowe, the former of whom was a native of Cornwall, England, and was born in 1807. He came to the United States when a young man, and lived several years in Wisconsin, then moved to Jefferson County, Mo., and settled where William J. now lives. The latter was born in Mineral Point, Wis., July 4, 1839, was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools. He has devoted the greater part of his life to work in the mines. September 4, 1875, he married Sarah J., daughter of Henry Grimshaw, deceased. They are the parents of the following children: William A., John F., Ann E., Grace L. and Annie T. (deceased). Mr. Rowe owns 140 acres, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He has never sought official honor. Mrs. Rowe is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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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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