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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Knox County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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J. M. Sharer, one of the business men of Knox County, was born in Davis County, Iowa, March 27, 1855. His father, Jacob Sharer, was born in Huntington County, Penn., in 1814, of German descent, and died in Davis County, Iowa, in 1857. His mother, Pollie M. (Parsons) Sharer, was born in New York State and is now making her home with our subject in Knox County, Mo. J. M. lived at home with his parents, until twenty-two years of age. After leaving home he attended the State Normal School at Kirksville, two terms, and also was a student at Oaklawn College, at Novelty, for about eight months, but was compelled by poor health to abandon his studies, and went to Edina, where he was employed in the savings bank, but his health compelled him to go upon a farm, where he remained a short time, and then took a trip to Minnesota, after which he returned home, and resumed farming for about a year. He then engaged in business at Locust Hill, where he still remains, and carries a large stock of drugs and groceries, and is prepared to compete with Edina merchants in quality and prices. November 10, 1886, he was married to Adalie G. Eddy, daughter of A. A. Eddy, a business man of Locust Hill. In politics Mr. Sharer is a Republican, but has never sought, nor held office. Mrs. Sharer belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and takes great interest in educational enterprises, to which Mr. Sharer is a liberal donator.

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This family biography is one of 204 biographies included in the Knox County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Lewis, Clark, Knox and Scotland Counties, Missouri published in 1887.  For the complete description, click here: Knox County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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