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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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James Agee, farmer and stock-raiser of Saline Township, and one of the much respected citizens of Miller County, was born in Callaway County, Mo., in 1835. His parents, Ransom and Ann (Taylor) Agee, were natives of Virginia. The father immigrated to Callaway County, Mo., in 1831, settling on a farm and in 1834 was united in marriage to Miss Taylor, who bore him seven children. She died in 1859 in Callaway County, and there the father also died in 1882, at the age of eighty-two years. James Agee was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools of Callaway County. He assisted his father in developing the farm, and February, 1870, he moved to Miller County and located in Saline Township. He purchased a partially improved farm of 200 acres, remodeled his house and made additional improvements. In November, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Isabella Reynolds, a native of Jo Daviess County, Ill., and the daughter of Robert and Martha Jane (Pugh) Reynolds, who were natives of Ireland and Virginia, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds moved to Illinois in 1833, and were pioneer settlers of Jo Daviess County. They are still living, and are now residing in McKeesport, Penn. Mr. Agee purchased his present property in 1884, and now owns 160 acres of excellent land, 100 acres under cultivation. He raises a good grade of stock, and is one of the prominent farmers of the county. In his political views he affiliates with the Democratic party. Mr. Agee is a member of the school board of his district, and is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, being president of the same. Mr. and Mrs. Agee are members of the Christian Church at Spring Garden, and he is one of the elders in that church. To their union were born nine children: Emma Florence, Mary Jane, Nellie, Sarah, Thomas Jefferson, James Warren, Robert Lee, George Taylor, John Franklin. Mr Agee is active in school matters, has always advocated temperance principles, and, in fact, takes an interest in all good and laudable enterprises. He has investigated his farm, finding here considerable mineral deposit.

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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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