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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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R. O. Joslyn. Among those closely associated with the farming and stock-raising interests of Saline Township stands the name of Mr. Joslyn, who was born in Washington County, Vt., in September, 1842, and is the third in a family of six children born to Samuel A. and Elmina (Dole) Joslyn, natives of Vermont. The father was a successful tiller of the soil, and emigrated to Missouri in the spring of 1867. He settled in Miller County, where the subject of this sketch now resides, and there received his final summons in the spring of 1874 at the age of sixty-eight years. His wife still survives him and resides in Vermont. R. O. Joslyn was reared to farm life and received a good practical education in the common schools, supplementing the same by attending private schools. September 22, 1862, he enlisted for nine months in Company I, Fifteenth Vermont Infantry, at Brownington, Vt., was mustered into service at Brattleboro, and was assigned to the Department of the Potomac. He was at the battle of Gettysburg, but prior to that battle our subject’s company was ordered to guard the train. After this he was kept for garrison duty, and continued at this until August, 1863, when he was honorably discharged at Brattleboro, Vt. He then returned to farm life, but in December, 1865, he came west and settled on a farm in Miller County, Mo., where he now resides. Mr. Joslyn, in partnership with G. R. Weeks, bought 400 acres and farmed together for about three years, when they divided, and our subject now owns 210 acres of fine land. He has about 100 acres under cultivation and 110 acres in timber. He votes with the Republican party, but is not very active in politics. He was married in Miller County, Mo., in 1876, to Mrs. Albia M. Phillips, a native of Vermont and the widow of W. A. Phillips. Her maiden name was Raymond and her parents were natives of Vermont. Her father died in 1874 but her mother is still living. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Joslyn settled on the farm. Both are members of the Congregational Church at Eldon. To their union was born one child—Samuel Archie. By her former marriage Mrs. Joslyn has three living children— Mary E., John Henry and William Albert. Mr. Joslyn was among the first settlers on the prairie, and takes great interest in all that pertains to the county’s good.

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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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