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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 Scheivers, familiarly known as “Billy Burke,” is engineer of Engine No. 606, on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad, with headquarters at De Soto. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., March 25, 1862, and is a son of John Scheivers, deceased. He came to De Soto with his parents in 1869, where he has since lived. In 1875 he entered into the employ of the Iron Mountain Railroad, as wiper of engines, and has been promoted from time to time, until he was given his present position of engineer; he runs between De Soto, Piedmont and Glen Allen. May 22, 1883, he married Miss Mary Hopkins, daughter of Patrick Hopkins (deceased). Of the two children born to this union only one is living, Katie. Mr. and Mrs. Scheivers are members of the Catholic Church. He is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

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