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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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Richard B. Gillette was born in the “Buckeye State” in 1844, and is a son of George G. and Ann T. (Perkins) Gillette, who were born in Connecticut. The father was a successful merchant, and moved to Nebraska in 1857, and in 1871 came to Missouri. He died in 1881. Richard B. Gillette was educated in the common and private schools of Ohio and Nebraska, and upon reaching manhood began clerking for his father. This he continued until 1871, when he embarked in the hardware business. In 1881 he and a Mr. Jarrett opened a general merchandise store in Marionville, under the firm name of Jarrett, Gillette & Co., but after operating two years closed out the business, and Mr. Gillette opened a grocery store. He also dealt in stock, and made two successful trips to Colorado with cattle. During 1879 and 1880 he was county collector, and in 1885 was appointed postmaster of Marionville. In 1867 he and Miss Adeline Marchbank, of Missouri, were united in marriage, and their union has been blessed in the birth of four children: George, Frank, Richard and William. Mr. Gillette owns a nice house and lot in Marionville, and also some vacant lots. He is interested in mining, and owns a one-tenth interest in the Aurora Mining and Smelting Company, of Aurora. He belongs to the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities.

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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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