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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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J. F. Berry, Jr., postmaster at Aurora, Mo., and native of Lawrence County, was born March 27, 1851. His parents, Joseph F. and Jane (Fitch) Berry, were born in Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively. The former came to Franklin County, Mo., in 1819 or 1820, and about 1850 came to Lawrence County, locating on a farm which he purchased near Aurora, and where he still resides. To Mr. Berry and wife were born seven children: William, Joseph, Benjamin, James, Mary, Elbie and Margaret. J. F. Berry remained with his parents until twenty-two years of age, and then began farming on eighty acres of land near Aurora, which he purchased and which he yet owns. In 1885 he moved to Aurora, and was appointed postmaster, which position he still occupies. He was married in 1875 to Miss Rebecca McNatt, a native of Lawrence County, by whom he is the father of seven children, five living: Allen E., Mary, Flora, Lottie and Alma. Those deceased are Lucy and Amanda. Mr. and Mrs. Berry are worthy and consistent members of the Christian Church.

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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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