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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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ALBERT BODINE STITT is one of the worthy early settlers of Johnson County, having been the first Eastern man to locate in the region west of Warrensburg after the war. Having secured one hundred and eighty-two acres of land, he went to work with the energy and determination to succeed that insure success sooner or later. He was fortunate in securing for a wife a lady who has been a true helpmate, and to her he cheerfully accords a large share of the credit for his prosperity. Their pleasant home is always open for the entertainment of their many friends, and strangers as well find a cordial welcome there.

A native of Fayette County, Ohio, born April 12, 1844, Mr. Stitt is one of eight children whose parents were James and Catherine (Manary) Stitt. Three of the children are deceased. The father was born January 26, 1810, and grew to manhood on a farm. Early in life he learned the tailor’s trade, and for years followed that trade successfully, and then, having mastered the carpenter’s trade, devoted his time to that calling for some time. His declining years were passed quietly on a farm, his death occurring in Holden, Mo., March 27, 1890. Under his judicious training his son Albert was reared and started in the right direction in the battle of life. His educational advantages were somewhat limited, but he made the best of his opportunities and is today a man of much more than ordinary information and general knowledge.

August 23, 1865, Mr. Stitt married Eliza Ellen Dyer. Her parents, Hugh C. and Mary Ann (Abernathy) Dyer, were honored pioneers of Ohio, but were natives of Virginia. At a very early period they left the Old Dominion on horseback, making the entire journey to Ohio in that way. After his marriage Mr. Stitt and his bride started for Missouri, arriving here the following October. They at once settled in their present home, where they have long been classed among the leading citizens. The homestead, which is situated on section 22, township 47, range 27, is now all under cultivation, and each year goodly returns reward the fortunate owner.

Two children came to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stitt, but only one survives. This promising youth, Edwin James, is now in his sixteenth year, and we predict for him a bright future. Mr. Stitt is affable and courteous in manner and makes friends of all with whom he comes in contact. In his political affiliations he is a stanch supporter of the Republican party. A member of the Presbyterian Church, he bears an enviable reputation for his strict veracity and uprightness of character, and we are glad to accord him a place among the honored old settlers of Johnson County.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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