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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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John B. Franklin, merchant, partner in the firm of R. S. Harvey & Co., at Olean, was born at Mount Pleasant, Miller County, July 10, 1868, and is the fifth of seven children born to W. T. and Lucy J. (Brockman) Franklin. [For further particulars of parents see sketch of W. T. Franklin.] Until the age of sixteen years John B. Franklin attended school and clerked in his father’s store at Mount Pleasant. After that he was permanently engaged in his father’s store until August 1, 1887. Previous to this, in 1882, at the settlement of Olean, R. S. Harvey erected a large brick store in that place, which he rented, and it was soon opened under the firm title of Sterling Bros. Two years later Mr. Harvey took possession, and, with W. T. Franklin, it was opened under the firm name of W. T. Franklin & Co. John B. Franklin then came here as clerk and manager, in which capacity he acted until August 1, 1887, when he purchased his father’s interest, and the firm name became R. S. Harvey & Co. It is the largest and finest store in Miller County, and under Mr. Franklin’s management the trade is growing rapidly. March 5, 1889, Mr. Franklin was united in marriage to Miss Mollie A. Goodman, daughter of Josiah and Mary Goodman. [See sketch of J. Goodman.] Mr. Franklin is a member of the Christian Church, and although still a young man has fully demonstrated superior business ability.

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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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