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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Abram S. Archer, a resident of Jasper County, Mo., post-office, Sarcoxie, was born in Newton County, Mo., November 18, 1837, and is one of the oldest white male children born in that county. His grandfather came from England, and settled in North Carolina. His father, Michael Archer, was born in North Carolina, but went to Tennessee when a boy, and from there to Sangamon County, Ill., where he was principally reared. He was a soldier with Abraham Lincoln in the Black Hawk war. While living in Sangamon County, Ill., he married Miss Ann Duff, daughter of Abram and Melinda (Combs) Duff. Mr. Archer then located in Sangamon County, Ill.. but afterward returned to Missouri, and settled in Dade County, near Greenfield, Mo., where he died at the age of seventy years. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was a prosperous farmer, owning about 1,000 acres of land at the time of his death. He was an honest, industrious man, and his estate was valued at $30,000. His son, Abram S. Archer, was reared on the frontier, and married Miss Emily C. Jones, daughter of W. K. and Harriet (Jones) Jones. This union resulted in the birth of seven children: Julia E., Mary M., John S., George, Stella F., Hannah G. and Fred, all living except Stella F. Mr. Archer went to Missouri with his father, and in 1864 enlisted in the Missouri State Militia. He served until the close of the war, when the regiment was discharged, and he returned to his farm on Center Creek, where he now resides. In his political principles Mr. Archer is a Republican, and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. In their religious views Mr. and Mrs. Archer are Presbyterians, and Mr. Archer is a member of the Farmers’ Alliance. He is an upright, honest man, and the family is one of the most respectable as well as one of the oldest in Newton County.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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