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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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Richard M. Johnson, fine stock breeder, and son of Col. James W. and Nancy (Piper) Johnson, was born in Marion Town ship, Polk County, Mo., August 8, 1845, was reared to farm life, and received a good practical education in the common district schools. August 12, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Polk County Home Guards, served about nine months, and in March, 1862, he joined Company E, Eighth Missouri State Militia Cavalry, and served until March, 1865. The last two years he was quartermaster sergeant. He was in a great many skirmishes, but was never wounded nor taken prisoner. After being discharged at Springfield, he returned to this county. December 29, 1867, he married Miss Sarah E. Jones, daughter of Judge James M. Jones, and a native of Polk County, Mo., born January 5, 1846. To this union were born five children, four now living: James M., Edward A., Mary M. and Rosa E. Both Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are members of the Christian Church. Mr. John son has taken great interest in improving the stock of the county, and has the finest Mohawk jack, besides several young ones, in the county. He is also active in all worthy enterprises, has lived for nearly forty-two years on the section of land where he now lives, and is a most estimable citizen. He is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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This family biography is one of 132 biographies included in The History of Polk County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Polk County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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