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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam 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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Edmund Clifton, a prominent farmer and stock raiser of York Township, was born in Owen County, Ky., in 1827, and in 1855 moved to Putnam County, Mo., where he has since resided. When twenty-three years of age he started to battle with the world alone, and although he began life with nothing, has, by his own unassisted toil, industry and economy become the owner of 140 acres of good land, well equipped for farming. In 1850 he married Miss Julia A. Wilson, a native of Kentucky, by whom ten children have been born: Elizabeth, Mary E., Isaac, Charles H., Sarah, Edmund, Martha, William H., Annie (dead) and Louisa. Mrs. Clifton is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Clifton is a member of the G. A. R. In politics he is a Democrat and as such has served his township in several official capacities. In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Eighteenth Missouri Infantry, and was mustered out of service at Louisville, Ky., after serving three years and six months. He is the third child born to Charles and Polly (Smith) Clifton, natives of Delaware and Virginia, respectively. Mrs. Clifton was a widow of Mr. Osborn at the time of her marriage with Mr. Clifton, who was a son of David and Esther Clifton, early settlers of Delaware and Virginia.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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