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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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Joseph M. Berry is one of four children: William E., Emily J., Mary E. and Joseph M., born to the marriage of John Berry and Harriet Miller. The father always resided in Tennessee, on a farm, and in his political views was a Democrat. Joseph M. was born in Claiborne County, Tenn., in 1837, and was reared on his father’s farm. He came to Newton County, Mo., in 1872, and married Deborah A., a daughter of John and Phoebe (Waters) Weaver. Mr. and Mrs. Berry have one child, Mary S. They purchased their present farm, consisting of 142 acres, in 1886, and Mr. Berry is an industrious farmer. In his political views he is a Republican. His wife was born in Washington County, Md., and learned the milliner’s trade, accumulating by her own exertions $1,500, all of which she earned after the war. While traveling through Maryland with her mother they were arrested by the United Slates authorities as disloyal people, or Southerners, and had their property taken from them.

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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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