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Below is a family biography included in The History of Polk 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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Flavius A. Affleck, circuit court clerk of Polk County, was born in St. Clair County, Ill., May 6, 1848, being the son of Robert G. and Martha (Million) Affleck. His father was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in 1817, and his mother, in West Virginia, in 1820. When very young, both were taken to St. Clair County, and there met and married. Mr. Robert G. Affleck served an apprenticeship at three trades, those of cabinet-maker, blacksmith and carpenter. In 1850 he went to California, mined successfully for three years, and, although $10,000 worth of gold was stolen from him, he returned with enough to buy a farm. From 1864 to 1871 he operated a large mill in Columbia, Ill., and in 1872 moved to this county, and located in Bolivar, where he and his son, the subject of this sketch, ran a mill till 1878. He was formerly a Whig, but is now a Republican, and he and his wife, both of whom still live, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Flavius A. is the fifth of eleven children. He received his education in the common schools of Illinois and in McKendree College. When fourteen years of age he was put into a mill to learn the business, and for fifteen years followed it. On December 19, 1872, he married Miss Rosalie A. Wilson, of Monroe County, Ill., and, as a result of this union, has had four children: Anne J., Elsie I., Irma and Martha. In 1878 Mr. Affleck was chosen teacher in the Bolivar schools, and taught two years. He was deputy collector four years, book keeper in the Polk County Bank two years, and, in 1886, was chosen circuit clerk. He is a Knight Templar, holds the position of Deputy Grand Master and Lecturer of the Twenty-eighth Missouri District; is a Knight of Pythias, and a Republican. Both he and his wife are Methodists.

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