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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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Thomas Cossel, farmer and stock raiser, Section 16, Grant Township, settled upon his present place, which was then slightly improved, in December, 1872. He first purchased eighty acres of land, and after he had improved same, bought thirty acres more. Eighty-two acres are well fenced and cultivated into meadow and plow land. He is comfortably situated in a nice house one-and-a-half-story high, and has a good new barn, etc. He was born June 29, 1847, and moved to Davis County, Iowa, with his father, in 1854, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage, in Putnam County, on January 14, 1872, to Demiries, daughter of James and Celina Richardson, who reside near Unionville, and came from Indiana. Mrs. Cossel was born in Indiana, September 24, 1834, and is the mother of two children: Sylva and Ida. Mr. Cossel is a son of Michael Cossel, a native of Virginia. who went to Illinois with his father; John Cossel, also a native of Virginia. Michael Cossel grew to manhood and was married in Coles County, Ill., to Martha McCord, a native of Indiana, and a daughter of Asa McCord, a native of that State. Thomas Cossel is the oldest of a family of four sons and three daughters; four brothers and two sisters still living. One of his brothers lives in Lewis County, one in Kansas, and one at home with his father. All are married. The two sisters who survive are married, one living in Davis County, Iowa, and one in Texas.

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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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