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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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Josiah D. S. Beary, farmer and stock raiser, St. John, Mo., was born in Whitley County, Ind., August 21, 1844, and is the only son of a family of five children born to Reuben and Ann (Shad) Beary [see sketch], three of whom survive. One of his sisters is a resident of Idaho, and one, Mrs. S. S. Bucher, of Putnam County, at the present writing. Polly died when ten years old, an Ann, when an infant. J. D. S. accompanied his parents to Missouri in 1856, where he lived until sixteen years of age. On June 17, 1861, he enlisted in the war and on the following November 14, was mustered into Company B, Eighteenth Missouri Volunteer Infantry as private, for three years. He re-enlisted January 1, 1864, as did almost the entire regiment, and served until discharged in August, 1865, at St. Louis, Mo., after having spent four years in service. He was in the battles of Shiloh, Iuka, siege and capture of Corinth and second battle of Corinth; accompanied Sherman on his march to the sea, participating in all engagements, and was at all the fights incident to the capture of Atlanta. He was never severely wounded, although he received several shots through his clothing and a flesh wound in his hip. At the time of his discharge he had not attained his twenty-first year. After his return home he engaged in farming, and, October 8, 1865, was married in Putnam County, to Miss Isabelle W. Pollock, daughter of Thomas and Isabelle (Wilson) Pollock, pioneer settlers of the county. Mrs. Beary is a sister of D. W. Pollock, of St. John, and is the mother of four children: Thomas R., Laura Belle, William A. and Ira Pollock. She is also the mother of five children, all of whom died-four infants, and the eldest daughter, Barbara Jane, who died April 22, 1886, aged sixteen years four months and eight days. She was a dutiful and loving daughter, and a member of the United Brethren Church. Directly after his marriage Mr. Beary located upon the farm where he now resides, which contains 125 acres of land nearly all prairie, upon which is built a good and comfortable residence and good outbuildings. He also owns 176 acres of meadow and plow land in Iowa. Mr. Beary is a stanch Republican, and an earnest advocate of the temperance cause.

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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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