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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. W. Berry is a native of Miller County, born in 1852, being the fourth in a family of five children born to Philip and Rachel Berry, who were natives of the “Blue Grass State.” In 1854 they came to Cole County, Mo., where they resided for some time, and then came to Miller County, where the father was engaged in farming until his death, in 1855. His wife still survives him. J. W. Berry, our subject, was educated in the common schools and reared on a farm, and after attaining mature years began farming for himself in Camden County. In 1879 he was married in Miller County to Emeline Atkinson, who was born in Ohio, a daughter of Eugene and Rhoda Atkinson, both of whom are living, and reside in Osage County. Since his marriage Mr. Berry has lived on his farm of 193 acres, where he now resides. He has cleared nearly 120 acres, and devotes a considerable portion of the remainder to stock-raising. He has shown his brotherly spirit by becoming a member of the A. F. & A. M., Tuscumbia Lodge No. 437, and in his political views has always been a Democrat. He has always given his support to educational institutions, and to all enterprises tending to benefit the county. On the 8th of November, 1887, his estimable wife died, after a lingering illness of over two years, and in her he lost a faithful wife and helpmate. Their union was blessed in the birth of one child—Edward, who is residing with an aunt in the county. Mr. Berry has one half-brother, Calvin, who resides in Osage County, his sister, Mary, being a resident of the same.

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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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