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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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J. E. Burnham, attorney, is a native of Mason County, Ill., and was born January 9, 1857. He attended the Illinois University one term, and in 1878 began the study of law at Union College of Law, Chicago, and was admitted to the bar in Mercer County, Missouri, in September, 1880, and in 1882 located at Unionville and began to practice his chosen profession. In 1878 he was united in marriage to Anna Young, a native of Mason County, Ill., by whom two sons and two daughters have been born, named, respectively, Guy, True, Daisy and Carrie, all living save Guy. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and himself and wife are united with the Christian Church. The Burnham family is descended from three brothers who came from England prior to the Revolutionary War, in which they engaged, and all three located in Connecticut. Festus, the grandfather of our subject, was born in that State, lived and died there. The father, Henry C., was born in Connecticut, married in Ohio to Angeline Currier, with whom he afterward moved to Illinois, where they now reside, at Havana. J. E. was the fourth of seven children, four sons and three daughters, born to his parents. His two elder sisters are now deceased. Carrie, the youngest, resides with her parents. His three brothers are all living, Alonzo, the eldest, being a physician, with a large and lucrative practice near Jacksonville, Ill. George is an attorney in Kansas City, with a good business. Philo, the youngest, resides on the old homestead near Mason City, Ill., where he is engaged in the raising of fine horses.

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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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