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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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Wells Brothers. Among all classes and in every calling in life are those who succeed at any occupation they undertake, whether of a professional, agricultural or commercial nature. Among those whose success has been entirely the result of energy and perseverance stands the name of the Wells Brothers, who are the owners of one of the best farms in Miller County. It lies fully two miles in length along the Osage bottom, and the soil is very rich and fertile. These two brothers, Joshua R. and William R., are both natives of Tyler County, W.Va., both are unmarried men, and neither had had any experience in farming when coming to Missouri. They came to Miller County, Mo., in 1881, and began farming on the place they now own. This place was purchased by their father, Charles V. Wells, long before the late war. He was a steamboat captain on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers for a number of years. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, and his wife, Susan Russell, was a native of Virginia. The former died on his farm in February, 1880, and the latter is a resident of West Virginia. The Wells Brothers have, during the last seven years, cleared up 150 acres of this land, and now have 250 acres under cultivation. They own 640 acres in the tract. They are now just completing a handsome two-story residence, and are doing most of the work themselves. They are intelligent and industrious young men, and deserve great credit for their integrity and prosperity. They deal quite extensively in stock.

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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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