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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Ephraim B. Clark, farmer of Saline Township, was born in Cole County in 1858, being the oldest in a family of four children born to James F. and Agnes M. (Davis) Clark, also of Cole County. The father has always been a farmer, and still resides in Cole County. The mother died February 28, 1879. The grandparents, Michael D. and Dorcas (Fowler) Clark, were born in Virginia, and immigrated to Missouri about 1828, and here passed the remainder of their lives. The grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812. The maternal grandparents, Peter E. and Catherine (McKenzie) Davis, were born in Kentucky and Tennessee respectively, and also came to Missouri in 1828, but later located in Benton County, where they are living at the present time. Ephraim B. Clark received a fair education in his boyhood, and in 1881 was married, in Cole County, to Miss Anna Bond, a native of Cole County, and a daughter of Baton S. and Joyce W. (Johnston) Bond, the former being a native of Kentucky and the latter of Miller County, Mo. The father was a farmer, and died in Cole County in 1886, but his widow still survives him. After his marriage Mr. Clark settled on his present farm of 120 acres, and besides his general farming gives considerable attention to stock-raising. He is a Democrat, a member of the school board, also of the Agricultural Wheel, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church, and are the parents of two children: Ernest S. and Maud. Mr. Clark’s father, James F., served in the Confederate army during the late war, as did Mrs. Clark’s father, the latter being a captain.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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