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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Dr. Jesse N. Anderson, druggist, of Conway, Mo., was born in Johnson County, Mo., March 30, 1851, and is a son of Jesse C. and Jeanette (Green) Anderson. The father was born in Platte County, Mo., in 1820, and after residing on his father’s farm until he attained his majority, he located in St. Charles County, where he engaged in farming, but at the outbreak of the late war he left the plow to engage in that struggle, serving in the Confederate army until 1864, when his health failed, and he was honorably discharged. He then located on a farm in Adams County, Ill., on which he resided until 1867, and then returned to Missouri. After residing in different counties for a number of years he located in Henry County, where he made his home until his death in 1880. His father was a noted minister in the Primitive Baptist Church. His wife was born in St. Charles County, Mo., in 1819, and received a common-school education. She was one of the finest musicians in the county, and was a daughter of Capt. John Green, who was captain of light horse in the War of 1812, and was a very extensive farmer and land-holder of St. Charles County. She became the mother of five children, three of whom are living. Two sons, James W. and Dawson B., served in the Confederate and Union armies, respectively. The latter was a member of the Eleventh Missouri Cavalry, United States Army, and during his hard service contracted sickness which resulted in the loss of his power of speech. After the war he located in Henry County on a farm, where he was highly respected by his neighbors and old army comrades. Daring the year 1885, while traveling through McDonald County, he was murdered by Irwin Grubb, who was a relative by marriage, but fate speedily overtook the latter, for he was taken from the jail, where he was confined, by the friends and neighbors of Mr. Anderson, and hanged to a tree near the scene of the murder. Dr. Jesse N. Anderson grew to manhood in Newton County, Mo., and during the war was captured by Quantrell, and after being kept prisoner for some time was given his liberty. He was educated at Barry, Ill., and began the study of medicine under Dr. Llewellyn, near Hannibal, Mo. In 1873 he opened a drug store at Palestine, Mo., and soon after entered upon the practice of his profession. He has continued both occupations in various parts of the State up to the present time, and in 1884 located at Conway, where he has since made his home, with the exception of a short time spent in Barton County. He has acquired a large and lucrative practice, and is exceptionally skillful in the treatment of catarrh. During 1884 he was elected to do the practice for five different lodges of Wheelers near Conway. He is a member of the State Pharmaceutical Society, and of the Eclectic Medical Society of the State. In 1873 he married Mary McPherson, a daughter of Dr. T. McPherson, who was one of the leading physicians of Mercer County, Iowa, and Barton County, Mo. He was a regimental surgeon in the Confederate army, and was a prominent Mason and a leading politician. He served as county clerk one term, and died in 1862. Mrs. Anderson was born in Mercer County, Iowa, in 1857, and she and Dr. Anderson are the parents of two children: Ida and Frances. The Doctor is Prelate in the K. P. Lodge of Conway, and is also a member of the A. O. U. W., in which he is examining surgeon. He is a Democrat in politics.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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