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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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Levi Clark, farmer and stock raiser, was born in the central part of New York State, October 14, 1814, and is a son of Silas and Phoebe (Sherman) Clark, natives of Massachusetts and New York, respectively. The family moved to Indiana during the early childhood of our subject, and settled in the eastern part of that State. About 1824 they settled in Decatur County, where the father died near Indianapolis. Levi arrived at manhood while in Decatur County, and then removed to Clinton County, where he married, November 3, 1842, Levinia Dunn. He then farmed in Clinton County until he came to Missouri in 1852. He entered 160 acres of unimproved land where he now resides which he proceeded to make into a home. He now has a nice place in meadow pasture and plow land, all fenced, and has an orchard of about 125 choice apple trees and a good house and outbuildings. His wife died in Putnam County, in 1871, leaving five children: Nancy J. (wife of M. V. Loomis), Docia Ann (widow of Jackson Cook), W. L. (of Nebraska), George E. (of Nebraska), and T. F. (who lives with his father). The last three are married. September 15, 1877, Mr. Clark married Lucinda, former wife of Franklin Carter, and daughter of William Shirley, of Indiana. Mrs. Clark was born in Kentucky, but reared in Indiana, where she was married. To this union one child, Thomas F., was born in Putnam County, July 25, 1856. March 27, 1887, he was married in Putnam County to Eutoka Williams, daughter of Daniel C. Williams, of Mercer County. Mrs. Clark, Jr., was born in Warsaw, Iowa, and is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Levi Clark joined the Christian Church while in Indiana, and his wife is also a member of the same denomination.

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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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