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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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ROBERT N. CHESTER, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Linn county, Iowa, Feb. 28, 1853, but raised and educated in Jefferson county, Iowa. His father, Joseph Chester, is now a resident of Jasper county, formerly of Iowa. The subject of this sketch was married Feb. 8, 1872, to Ellen Hartzerman, who was born in Fulton county, Ill., April 7, 1857. Their children are Minnie, Cora, and May. Mrs. Chester is a member of the M. E. Church, and Mr. Chester is a member of the Odd Fellows. Mr. Chester owns a fine farm of eighty acres, about forty of it improved, and raised good crops in 1882. It is located in section 29, township 29, range 31, of Marion township. Mr. Chester is a young man of energy and enterprise, and is making one of the best farms of this section.

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