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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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John B. Ross, a dealer in general merchandise and mineral at Old Mines, is a son of Silas M. Ross, a native of Hopkins County, Ky., who located in Washington County, Mo., in 1833; he married Lucinda J. Silvers, who came to what is now Washington County previous to this century, and their three children are John B., Eliza, who married Joseph Bouchard, and Samuel C., who married Susan Casey. Silas M. Ross was a carpenter by trade. John B. Ross was born in Washington County March 19, 1838, and was reared on a farm. He enlisted in the Ninth Missouri Infantry, Confederate army, and took part in the battles of Prairie Grove, Helena, and others of less importance, serving three years. After his return home he engaged in farming until 1879, when he commenced selling goods. February 3, 1859, he married Julia Talbot, a native of Washington County, whose father is Benjamin Talbot. Mr. and Mrs. Ross are the parents of six children, viz.: John M., Frank E., Laura, Lawrence, Kennett and Rollie. As a result of economy and good management, Mr. Ross well merits the success that is his in his chosen occupation, and is doing a safe business.

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