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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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Edward Jewett, a prominent stock farmer of Greene Township, was born in Somerset County, Me., July 17, 1838. His parents, Moses and Caroline (Neil) Jewett, were both natives of Maine, but their parents were natives of Massachusetts and of English descent. Moses Jewett was a colonel in the State Militia of Maine, where he died. He had been com.-colonel several times, and was a very popular man. He died in 1845, leaving a wife and three children: Anna (widow of S. W. Harding, and now living in Illinois), Charles N. (also living in Illinois), and Edward, the subject of this sketch. The mother of these children was married again some years after, to I. S. Weston, a merchant in Chester, Ill. After this marriage the family removed to St. Louis, in about 1853, where they remained until 1864, and then moved from there to Bunker Hill, Ill., where the mother is now living, and is in her seventy-eighth year. Her son, Edward, remained at home until 1861, and was educated in St. Louis. He attended Jones’ Commercial College, etc., and at the commencement of the war engaged in clerking in a mercantile establishment in St. Louis. About 1865 he came to Southwest Missouri, and located on a farm in Vineyard Township. Here he remained for two years, and then moved to his present farm in Greene Township, where he has 400 acres of good land, with 360 under cultivation. Shortly after the war, 1867, he married Miss Louisa Henderson, a native of Indiana, who bore him one child, Perley M., a promising young man who is now a student of the State Normal at Warrensburg. Mrs. Jewett is a member of the Congregational Church. Mr. Jewett is a stanch Republican in politics.

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