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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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JAMES P. CHILDRESS, farmer and stock-raiser, post-office Joplin, was born in Green county, Ky., June 4, 1818. When forty-two years of age he moved to Kansas and lived there twelve years, engaged in farming; then came to Jasper county, Mo., and engaged in mining at which he had very good success for one year; then tried another place and lost almost all he made the first year, but still continued, with varying success, for eight years. In 1882 he located on the present farm and engaged in farming. He was married to Miss Jane Scott, daughter of Hardin and Sallie Scott, who were natives of Kentucky. She was born in Green county, Ky., Oct. 10, 1823; her parents both died before she was seven years of age, and she lived with her grandmother until married. They have four children: W. H., Mattie R., John R, and Billie Dean. Mr. Childress is an honest, upright man, and himself and family stand high in the county.

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