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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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E. S. Casner, a breeder of fine horses in Barton County, Mo., was born in Juniata County, Penn., September 17, 1846, and is a son of Thomas B. and Sarah (Stees) Casner, who were also Pennsylvanians, their parents coming from Germany. In 1847 they moved to Ohio, and ten years later to Indiana, where the father died in 1872, and the mother still lives. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he was a Republican in his political views, and during the late war served two years in the Sixty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, United States Army. He was a mechanic by trade. E. S. Casner is one of three surviving members of a family of five children, and in his youth received a common school education. At the age of seventeen years he began clerking in a store, which occupation he followed five years, and in 1870 he came to Jasper County, Mo., and after farming three years, turned his attention to mercantile pursuits, continuing until 1880, when he began lead mining. In 1887 he moved to Lamar, and soon after opened a stable of fine breeding horses, owing three imported Percheron horses and a standard bred Hambletonian horse, all of them fine animals. In connection with managing his stable, he is engaged in mining, and all his property has been acquired by hard work and good management, and has been made since coming to Missouri, as he then had nothing. His first money was made by breaking prairie at $2.50 per acre. He is a Republican in his political views, and while in Jasper County held the office of councilman one term. January 1, 1873, he was married to Miss Nellie Gray, a native of New York, by whom he has three sons and one daughter.

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