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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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WILLIAM P. OWEN, dealer in musical instruments and jewelry, is a native of the Empire State, born in Orange county, April 2, 1838. His parents, Horace and Mary (Mulloch) Owen, were also natives of New York. His father was born in Orange county, March 18, 1808, and died at Hoodville, Rock county, Wis., March 17, 1877; and his mother was born in the same county, and died in April, 1845, in Orange county, N. Y. Our subject was reared on a farm and liberally educated in the common schools. When thirteen years of age his father came west, locating in Wisconsin. There young Owen engaged in agricultural pursuits. In November, 1867, he came to Missouri, locating in Neosho, Newton county, and engaged in the mercantile business with Mr. J. H. Herms, under the firm name of Owen & Herms. In November, 1882, he came to Joplin, and soon after embarked in his present business. Mr. Owen was married in Rock county, Wis., Jan. 1, 1863, to Miss Emily J., daughter of Dr. Weston and Ruth (Brown) Miller, of that county, and natives of New York. Mrs. Owen was born in Pulaski county, N. Y., in July, 1843, and died at Neosho, Newton county, Feb. 25, 1868. They were blessed with two children: Charlie Newton, born Nov. 16, 1863, and one which died in infancy. Our subject was again married in Joplin, Nov. 2, 1881, to Miss Jessie Asplin, daughter of J. B. and Pluma J. (Richards) Sergeant, of this city. They have one child, born Jan. 19, 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Owen are both consistent church members, the former a Congregationalist, and the latter Methodist Episcopal. Our subject has taken a great interest in matters secular and educational, having held every office in the gift of the church as a layman. He was chosen president of the Lay Electoral Conference which met at Sedalia, in 1876, and held the same position at Neosho. He deals in pianos, organs, watches, clocks, jewelry, silverware, music, sewing machines, etc.

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