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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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L. C. HAMILTON, city marshal, was born in Marion county, Iowa, Aug. 4, 1849. His parents, J. B. and Anna (Wilson) Hamilton, were natives respectively of Virginia and Kentucky. Father was born in 1820 and died in Howard county, Kan., in July, 1870. Mother was born about 1820 and died in San Bernardino county, Cal., Aug. 11, 1865. Subject was educated in city schools of Knoxville and Central University, Marion county, Iowa. Remained in Iowa until fifteen years of age, then went with parents to California, locating in San Bernardino county. His father established a stock ranch, but young Hamilton engaged in mining. Three years later he went to central Arizona and continued in the mines for about one year. He then returned to California and shortly afterward to his former home in Iowa. In 1868 he went to Texas and engaged in buying stock and driving north, first to Abiline, then to Baxter Springs, Kan., and in 1870 established a stock ranch in Howard county, same state. Came to Joplin in Feb., 1873, and engaged in mining for several years. In spring of 1875 he was appointed deputy city marshal, and in October following was elected to the office which he has since continuously held. Mr. Hamilton was married in Joplin, Mo., April 14, 1872, to Miss Carrie L., daughter of Henry L. and Elizabeth Combs. Mrs. H. was born in New York. He is now extensively engaged in mining on what is known as Parr’s Hill. As to his efficiency as an officer the fact that he has retained his responsible position for seven consecutive years is in itself sufficient.

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