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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 M. Buster, a prominent stock-raiser and tiller of the soil in Saline Township, was born in Pulaski County, Ky., in 1841, and is fourth in a family of seven children born to John T. and Mary (Bryant) Buster, natives of Kentucky. The father was a farmer by occupation. He immigrated to Missouri in 1847, settling in Andrew County, where he continued to till the soil until his death, which occurred in 1850. His wife died in Miller County in 1886. John M. Buster assisted his father on the farm, and received his education in the district schools of Andrew County. In December, 1861, he enlisted at Rolla, Mo., in Company B, Sixth Missouri Cavalry, Federal Army, and was in the battle of Jackson, Miss., the Seven Days battles, at Champion’s Hill, and was also in all the fights during the siege of Vicksburg, He was then transferred to the Department of the Gulf, and was in the battles of the Red River campaign. He was sent to Baton Rouge, thence to West Pasagola Bay, and from there to New Orleans, where he received his discharge in January, 1865. He then returned to Miller County and continued farming. He was married in that county, in 1867, to Miss Rebecca N. Brown, a native of Miller County, and the daughter of James and Paulina (Sullivan) Brown, natives of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Brown came to Miller County, Mo., at an early day, and settled in Richwood Township. The mother is still living, but the father died some years ago. John M. Buster, after his marriage, settled where he now resides, and purchased 287 acres of partly improved land, which he has further improved. He raises a good grade of stock, and is one of the thorough going, substantial citizens of the county. He is active in politics, and votes with the Republican party. He does not aspire to political positions. He and wife are members of the Church of Christ at Gageville. They are the parents of five children: Samantha, James, Charles, Ida and Chandler, all at home. Mr. Buster is a member of the school board, and has been since living in the county. He is also a member of the Agricultural Wheel. He has prospected for mineral, and finds that he is located right on the lead belt.

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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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