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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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Jacob D. Conrad is a son of William and Sarah (Gilbert) Conrad, and grandson of Jacob Conrad. The latter was born and reared in Pennsylvania, and died in Indiana, whither he had moved at an early day. William Conrad was also born in the “Keystone” State, and was taken to Indiana at an early day, and was there reared and married. He farmed in Elkhart, Noble Co., Ind., until 1877, and then moved to Christian County, Mo., where he still resides engaged in farming. He became the father of twelve children, eleven of whom are living: Edmund, George, Freeman, John, Labrinthia, Jacob D., Anna, Angie, Matilda, Lottie J. and Barbara R. Jacob D. was born in Noble County, Ind., February 8, 1857. He remained with his parents until twenty-two years of age, and then began doing for himself. Since 1881 he has resided in Lawrence County, and has been engaged in the mercantile business in Aurora for three years. The following year he spent in working at the carpenter’s trade, and in 1884 he was employed as manager of the lumber yard owned by R. W. Randall, and is also engaged in the insurance and real estate business. He has been quite successful since coming to Aurora, and is a pushing and energetic young man. Mary M. Loy, of Elkhart, Ind., became his wife in 1881. They have one son—Ralph. Mr. Conrad has a one-fifth interest in 640 acres of mineral land, a portion of which has been developed and promises to be rich in zinc, lead and silver. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and in his business relations is obliging and courteous.

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