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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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James H. Forbes was born in Lee County, Va., January 4, 1841, and is a son of the Rev. David and Martha (Richardson) Forbes, natives of North Carolina, and Carter County, Tenn., respectively. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Forbes lived in Carter County about eight years, and then lived six years in Lee County, Va., after which they returned to Carter County. In 1851 they removed to Davis County, Iowa, and in 1853 located in Putnam County, Mo., where the father died in September, 1878. He was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church until 1861, when he united with the United Brethren Church, and continued to preach until his death. James H. came to Missouri with his father, and received a good education during his youth. In July, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Eighteenth Missouri Infantry, as musician. After serving in that regiment three years and four months he was discharged in November, 1864, at Chattanooga, Tenn. He accompanied Sherman to Atlanta, and carried a musket about one year. He was present at the engagement at Shiloh, the second battle at Corinth, Resaca, Dallas, and in the rear of Atlanta, July 22, 1864, and several other fights and skirmishes. He received a shot across the top of his head, but did not leave the ranks. After his discharge he returned home, and was married in Schuyler County, in July, 1865, to Nancy E. Wright, daughter of Zachariah Wright. After his marriage Mr. Forbes located upon his present place, which now consists of 280 acres of land, 200 well improved, and upon which he has erected good buildings. He has three orchards of select fruit trees, and in connection with his farming has a black-smith shop upon his farm, as he is a blacksmith by trade, and has worked at same ever since the war. He has a family of eight children: Martha J. (wife of Zeph. Eahart), Alice (wife of Samuel Neighbors), James E., Minnie, Isabelle, Ida, Nora and Robert. Mr. Forbes is a member of the G. A. R. Post at Glenwood, and in politics is a Republican. He is a public-spirited citizen, and has served two terms in succession as justice of the peace, and also as township clerk and assessor two terms.

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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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