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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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J. L. Chambers, merchant at Aurora Springs, was born in Cole County, Mo., June 3, 1836, and is the third of fifteen children born to his parents, William and Rebecca (Gouge) Chambers. The father was a merchant near Centre Town, Cole Co., Mo.; was also an extensive farmer, and owned large tracts of land at his death. He died March 6, 1870, and the mother died about 1854. J. L. Chambers was reared to a business life in his father’s store, and although he never attended school he gathered a good stock of learning from behind the counter. At the age of twenty-one he engaged as clerk in the drug store of Dr. Matthews, of Jefferson City, and then went to Russellville, where he started in business for himself by opening a general store at that place. During this time he married Miss Semerida Banister, of Ohio, and the daughter of James and Susannah (Johnson) Banister, who were old settlers of Ohio. In the fall of 1882 Mr. Chambers built a fine residence in Russellville, discontinued his business in Russellville, and opened in Aurora Springs in 1887. To his marriage were born seven children: Minnie Otie and Rosetta (both deceased), Etta May, Estella, Ivy, Dale and Gracie. Mrs. Chambers and Etta M. are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Mr. Chambers is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is also a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge at Russellville.

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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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