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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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PLEASANT J. OGLESBY, whose death occurred in 1885, was formerly a resident of section 24, township 47, range 24, Johnson County. He was highly esteemed as a citizen, and was beloved and respected by a large circle of sincere friends and acquaintances. To his family he left an untarnished name and a goodly portion of this world’s goods. The homestead, in which he took great pride for many years, is a well improved farm of two hundred and eighty acres, and consists of as fertile and beautifully located land as can be found within the boundaries of the county. He lived and died in the faith of the Baptist Church, and in his kindness and generosity of nature helped many a poor and needy person in a substantial manner.

A native of Kentucky, Mr. Oglesby was born May 5, 1831, and was the eldest son of Tolton and Annette (Rucker) Oglesby. They were both natives of Virginia, and there spent their early years, moving to the Blue Grass region in the ‘20s. In 1832 they emigrated to Missouri, settling in Cooper County, where the father was engaged in farming for many years. Subsequently he became a resident of this county, and here his own and his wife’s death occurred. When his parents came to Missouri, our subject was only a year old, and consequently almost his entire life was spent in this state. His school advantages were limited, as opportunities for obtaining an education in those days and in this portion of the country were inferior. He was reared to farm work and remained under the parental roof until reaching his majority, when he started forth to make his own way in the world, meeting with success.

In 1862 Mr. Oglesby married Sarah Wimer, who proved a true helpmate and who cheered him in his sorrows and disappointments. She is a daughter of Amos and Phoebe (Lance) Wimer, who were born in Virginia and moved to Missouri in 1858. The father had been a prominent merchant in his native state, but after coming here turned his attention to farming and dealing in live stock. He was summoned to his final rest in 1876, but his wife is still living in Pettis County, and is now in her seventy-fifth year.

Mrs. Oglesby, like her parents, was born in the Old Dominion and with them came West when she was a young girl. She bore her husband five children, four of whom are still living. Mary Ellen died at the age of two years; Delia May married Dr. Ramey, of Cass County, Mo.; William H. is still at home and manages the farm; and the younger ones, Phoebe, Eunice and Lucy Isabel, are all residing with their mother at home. Mrs. Oglesby is a member of the Methodist Church, while her daughter Delia belongs to the Baptist, and the second daughter to the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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