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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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Frank A. Burns, treasurer of Putnam County, was born in Schuyler County, Mo., December 25, 1854, where he was reared and educated at the country schools. At the age of seventeen he accepted a position as clerk in a general store at Glenwood, Schuyler Co., and remained there eight years, being in business part of the time for himself. In March, 1879, he moved to Putnam County, and in September of the same year located in Unionville, where he clerked for a time, then being appointed, deputy county clerk. In 1882 he was a candidate for county treasurer before the Republican county convention, and went into the convention with three delegates over a majority instructed for him, but was defeated under a two-thirds rule. In November, 1886, he was elected county treasurer by a majority of 400 votes. March 27, 1877, he was married to Mary Horne, a native of Ohio, by whom two children have been born, Emmerson and Edgar. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W. His paternal great-grandfather was a native of Scotland. His grandfather, George, was born near Harper’s Ferry, and the paternal grandmother was born in Pennsylvania, in 1757, and was of German descent. John W., the father, was born in Clermont County, Ohio, June 20, 1820, and married in Indiana to Ethelinda Bradley, a native of Kentucky. In the spring of 1844 they immigrated to Missouri, locating in Howard County, and in the fall of the same year moved to Schuyler County, and from there to Unionville in 1879. Our subject is the youngest of four sons and three daughters born to them, all living save one. The maternal grandfather, Samuel Bradley, was born in Kentucky in 1790, and was in the War of 1812, and was taken prisoner and held by the British six or eight months. He married Elizabeth Nichols, a lady of Welsh descent, in 1813, and moved to Indiana in 1826, and to Missouri in 1844 Mrs. Frank A. Burns is a daughter of William and Lucy Horne, a native of Germany, and was born in Warren County, Ohio, August 28, 1854, and moved with her parents to Iowa in October, 1855.

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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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