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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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CHARLES T. TYLER. One of the successful and prosperous farmers of this portion of Johnson County is the subject of this sketch, who resides on a fine estate located on section 16, township 47, range 24. He is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Jefferson County in 1841, being the fourth child in a family of seven children.

Milton W. and Mary (Seaton) Tyler, the parents of Charles T., were likewise Kentuckians by birth, and were reared to manhood and womanhood in Jefferson County. There Milton Tyler followed agricultural pursuits until 1868, in which year he came with his family to Missouri, taking up his abode in Grover Township, this county. From the date of his advent here until the day of his decease, in September, 1893, he was successful in his farming operations, and was likewise interested in the wonderful changes which were being made in the country about him. His wife had preceded him to the home beyond some six months.

The father was well-to-do in this world’s goods, and, knowing the value of a good education to those trying to get on in the world, gave all his children the opportunity of attending college. All availed themselves of this privilege with the exception of our subject, who, being desirous of taking a trip to California, accepted the money which would otherwise have paid for a course in college and made the westward journey. In 1864, when the Civil War was at its height, he set out for the Golden State, journeying overland with ox-teams. The party of which he formed a member was six months in reaching Salt Lake City, being greatly delayed on account of the many dangers which beset their path and the numerous encounters which they had with the Indians. From that city they traveled to California, and there Mr. Tyler spent two years.

On his return to the East our subject sojourned for a time in Johnson County, Ind., where he was married, in 1868, to Miss Mary E. Utterback. They made their home there for the following year and then came to Missouri, since which time they have made their home in Johnson County, this state. During the last years of his father’s life he managed the home farm and cared for him until his decease. Mr. Tyler is now the owner of one hundred acres, finely improved and stocked with the necessary conveniences in the way of farm machinery. For several years he has also been extensively engaged in raising Poland-China hogs, of which he has only the best grade, and all of which are registered. His sales are extensive, as he ships to all parts of the United States.

Mrs. Tyler was the daughter of Henry and Phebe (Jacobs) Utterback, the former born in Kentucky, and the latter in Ohio. By her union with our subject five children were born, two of whom are deceased. Those living are Maude, Charles and Blanche, who are at home with their father; and the deceased are Samuel I. and Cecil G. The mother of this little family departed this life in July, 1891. She was a devoted member of the Christian Church, to which denomination her husband belongs. Socially the latter is connected with Knobnoster Lodge No. 245, A. F. & A. M. Although never seeking office, he votes at all elections, casting a vote in favor of Democratic candidates. He is wide-awake and enterprising, industrious and far-seeing, and has won success in his life work. Throughout Johnson County he is widely known, and as he has been prospered in his farming operations, he is in receipt of a good income.

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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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