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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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Lafayette L. Beck, one of the well-to-do and wealthy farmers of Lawrence County, Mo., is a native of Arkansas. He was born on July 22, 1850, and is a son of Dr. Daniel Beck and Elmina M. Fogleman, both natives of North Carolina. On his father’s side, Lafayette L. Beck is of German extraction, and on his mother’s, of German-English. He was reared on his father’s farm, and early learned to love agriculture and the life of a farmer. Upon entering business life for himself he engaged in agricultural pursuits, and has since tilled the soil and raised stock. He and his brother, James K., own 1,000 acres of fine land, of which 800 acres is under a fine state of cultivation. They raise, buy, feed and sell stock, and no men in the county have been more successful in this business than they. The subject of this sketch was married in Jasper County, Mo., in 1880, to Jerenie F. Sparks, by whom he is the father of four children, namely: Daniel, Jerusha J., Lindsey H. and Anney M. Mrs. Beck was born in Jasper County, Mo., and is a daughter of William and Jane (Duncan) Sparks. Mr. and Mrs. Beck are held in high esteem by all who know them, and are earnest members of the Baptist 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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