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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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JACOB N. SHELTON, the subject of this sketch, is indigenous, so to speak, having been born in the county in Mineral township, April 11, 1853. Being at the outbreak of the civil war too young to join the ranks of the soldier, he, with many others, because of the devastation of the country, fled as a fugitive from the scene of conflict, taking up his abode in Phelps county, Mo,, and in 1865 in Muscatine, Iowa, remaining there two years. In 1867 he came to Nodaway county, Mo., where he lived three years, and in 1870 he returned to the farm of his father in Jasper county, Mo. Feb. 28, 1877, he was united in marriage to Arminda Worley, who was also born and raised in Jasper county. The names of the children are James G. and Lizzie. Mr. Shelton’s father died April 14, 1853, when he was but three days old, and his mother, though still hale and hearty, has had her share of trials and hardships to encounter, and now depends upon the strong arm of her son for support, once frail and helpless. The old homestead of eighty acres was the property of both his father and grandfather, and has been handed down from father to son, surrounded at an early day with the tented “wigwam,” but now with those structures of a more advanced stage of civilization.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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