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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 F. Declue was born in Washington County, Mo., January 17, 1837. His parents were Francis and Sarah (Jackson) Declue, the former a native of Washington County, Mo., and the latter of Kentucky, and in their family were ten children, five sons and five daughters, six of whom are now living, viz.: John F., Mary J., now Mrs. Rogers; Julia A. (now Mrs. Shelton), Godfrey, Andrew, and Sarah, the wife of Eli Coleman. The mother died June 31, 1858, and the father in January, 1865. John F. was brought up in his native county to the occupations of farming and mining; he now owns 287 acres of land, to the cultivation of which he devotes his entire attention. He married Miss Nancy Smith, September 8, 1861; she was born in Franklin County, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Declue have eight children, viz.: Joseph H., Francis M., John J., George T., Ada C., Andrew J., William A. and Nancy E. He took part in the late war on the Federal side, having first enlisted in the Missouri Enrolled Militia under Captain Wilkinson, and afterward served in the Eighth Missouri Provisional and the Fifteenth Missouri Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Federal army. Mr. Declue is one of the enterprising and highly respected farmers of his community and well deserves success in his chosen calling.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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