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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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John M. Harlow is a member of the real estate and loan firm of Gealy & Harlow. This business was established in 1874 by John M. Harlow, Sr., father of the subject of this sketch, who came to this county in May, 1870, and commenced in the dry goods business, which he continued until 1874, when he embarked in the real estate and loan business. He was a native of Augusta County, Va., born June 10, 1833, and came to Clark County, Ill., with his uncle, he being an orphan. He was there reared on a farm, and was there married to Miss Elizabeth Foglesong, a native of Indiana. He served in various offices in Clark County, and was deputy sheriff for some time. He came to Golden City in 1870, and remained here until his death, which occurred March 18, 1889, at the age of fifty-five years. His wife died in 1879 at the age of about forty-five years. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Harlow was a member of the I. O. O. F., and was justice of the peace for four years. He owned at his death 320 acres of land and considerable town property, also property in other places in the West. He did a flourishing business in real estate for years, and was a man who was universally respected. John M. Harlow, Jr., is a native of Clark County, Ill., and came here with his parents in 1870. He was reared and educated in the public schools, and in 1885 was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Huly, a native of Illinois. To this union were born two children, Mabel and Elizabeth. Mr. Harlow left this county in 1881, and moved to Clark County, serving as constable there for four years, after which he returned to Barton County. He then spent three years in Colorado, subsequently engaging in the real estate business at Lamar. In the fall of 1888 he returned and took charge of the interests of his father, and the firm is enjoying a liberal share of public patronage.

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This family biography is one of 166 biographies included in The History of Barton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Barton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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