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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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Clinton E. Bruff, general blacksmith and plow manufacturer and repairer, was born in Bradford County, Penn., November 25, 1855, and is the son of John W. and Aurelia (Hines) Bruff, the former a native of Birmingham, England, and a blacksmith by occupation. He was the son of an attorney of that place. Mrs. Bruff was a native of Connecticut, and a daughter of Lyman Hines, of Connecticut, who was a farmer by occupation. John W. Bruff, after the war located near Owego, N. Y., where his son, Clinton E. Bruff, grew to manhood, married and learned his father’s trade. From 1877 to 1880 he worked at Carthage, and in the spring of the latter year located in Peirce City. Three years later he purchased his present excellent property. While in Owego, N. Y., he married Miss Ella N. Stevens, daughter of Allan and Phoebe (Harris) Stevens, who were natives of Scotland and New Jersey, respectively. To Mr. and Mrs. Bruff were born two sons and one daughter: Myrtle, Clinton and John. Mr. and Mrs. Bruff are members of the Congregational Church, and are much respected citizens.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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