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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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NELSON OLSON, post-office Georgia City. His landed estate consists of 580 acres of fine land, situated in the Georgia City valley. The home farm consists of 263 ½ acres of land, devoted principally to wheat, being surrounded and subdivided by hedge and wire fence. Mr. Olson was born April 22, 1845, and raised in Malmon, Sweden, and is a son of Ole and Caroline (Nelson) Olson. In 1866 our subject landed at Quebec, Canada, without a cent of money. He worked at whatever he could find to do, and in the course of a short time went to Manistee county, Michigan. In 1869 he came to Jasper county, Mo., and purchased a farm of eighty acres, but in 1872 sold out and worked on the Frisco railroad and lost about $800, his earnings for two years. He then rented land at Georgia City and commenced raising wheat, and by high waters lost his crop, valued at $500. He then purchased 160 acres of land at $1,000, where he now resides, having only $150 to pay down. In three years he was out of debt. He then purchased 103 ½ acres adjoining the above, and paid for it the following year. In February, 1883, he purchased 320 acres of raw land which he expects to improve, making it his home farm. In 1882 his wheat crop consisted of 180 acres, averaging 22 bushels per acre. On Jan. 7, 1873, he was married to Mrs. Mary E. Johnson, a native of Sweden, who came to America in 1869, and died leaving three children: John, Chas., and Willie. Mrs. Olson was born in Malmon, Sweden, Jan. 6, 1830, and was the daughter of Oaka and Hannah Okerson.

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