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Below is a family biography included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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 G. Oglesby was born in Johnson County, Mo., October 4, 1837, being a son of Charles Oglesby, who was born in Virginia, but was reared and married in Kentucky, the latter event being to Mary Gilbert, a native of that State. About 1833 they located in Johnson County, Mo., where the father engaged in farming, reared his family, and resided until his death in September, 1861, followed by his wife in 1872. Pleasant G. Oglesby is one of their five children, and remained under the shelter of the paternal roof until he attained his majority, then began the battle of life for himself, and in 1861 served in Price’s army for about a year, and participated in the fights at Wilson’s Creek and Carthage. He then returned home, and in 1862 came to Moniteau County, where he has since made his home. He was married in March, 1866, to Mrs. Louisa Vineyard, a daughter of Benjamin Finley, a pioneer settler from Tennessee. Mrs. Oglesby was born in Macon County, Mo., and her union with Mr. Oglesby resulted in the birth of two children: Minnie (who died in the fall of 1885, was the wife of James Newkirk), and Willie E. (a young lady residing at home). Mr. Oglesby purchased his present farm of 120 acres in 1867, which was then but slightly improved. By his industry and good management he has made it one of the valuable farms of the county, and on it is a neat frame residence, nearly new, good barns, and a small orchard of choice fruits. He dealt in stock for several years, but for some time past has given the most of his attention to farming. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., Tipton Lodge No. 54, and is also a member of the Masonic Mutual Benefit Association. Mrs. Oglesby became the mother of one child by her former husband, John Vineyard. Her daughter, Ardella J., is the wife of Charles Newkirk, of Morgan County; she is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 187 biographies included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Moniteau County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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