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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Elijah B. Matthews, deceased, was born in North Carolina in 1811, and when a boy was brought to Wayne County, Mo. On reaching manhood he came to Washington County, where, in 1837, he married Sarah B. Powell, who was born in Virginia in 1815. She was taken to Kentucky when about four years old, and brought to Missouri about 1840. Mr. Matthew’s chief occupation was lead mining and farming. He was a Democrat in politics, and died in 1875. His wife still lives. Their family consisted of eight children, three sons and five daughters: Aree C., Fannie L., Ambrose P., Laura A., Lucy A., Josie M., Edward H. and John T. The latter has charge of the old home place. He is a Democrat and is one of the upright citizens of the county. His wife, Amanda (Wisdom) Matthews, is a native of Washington County, Mo. They have one child, Laura A.

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