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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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J. H. GILL, of May & Gill, grocers, was born in Howard county, Mo., in 1855. His father, William J. Gill, was born in Tennessee in 1831, and died at Lawrence, Kan., in the spring of 1866. His mother, Nancy J. (Butler) Gill, was a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1832, and now resides near Seneca, Kan. During infancy subject moved with parents to Kansas, locating in Jefferson county, and in 1858 went to Lawrence, same county There young Gill attended school. Subsequently he lived for a time at St. Joseph, Mo., Topeka and Wichita, Kan. Came to Joplin in September, 1873, and engaged in mining. In May, 1882, he engaged in present business with Mr. T. R. May, under firm name of May & Gill. Subject was married in Joplin Jan. 25, 1876, to Miss Emma Lewis, of this city. Mrs. Gill was born in Texas in October, 1861. They have one child, Maud, born Dec. 19, 1879, in Joplin. Mrs. Gill is a member of the Baptist Church.

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