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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 Riley Maness, general merchant and postmaster at Frumet, was born in Big River Township, on the old homestead farm, October 11, 1849, son of Elijah and Mary A. (Murrell) Maness. The father was born in Tennessee, in 1811, and at an early age came to this county, settling in Big River Township, among the Indians and wild animals. At an early day he hauled lead to St. Louis with an ox-team, bringing back dry goods a distance of fifty miles. He is still living, and is a resident of Big River Township. The mother is deceased. William grew to manhood on the farm, and secured a fair education in the common schools. He then farmed in the summer, and taught in the winter, for eight or ten years. In the spring of 1880 he began merchandising at Frumet in partnership with A. Mandle. The latter retired in 1885, since which time the business has been continued by our subject with success.

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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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