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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Burrell B. Thompson, farmer and stock raiser of Sherman Township, was born in Barbour County, Va., September 13, 1833, and is a son of S. J. and Jane (Booth) Thompson, also natives of Virginia. In about 1839 the family moved to Ohio, and the following year to Indiana, where they located in Cass County and resided for seven years. They then returned to and lived in Barbour County, Va., for several years, and in the fall of 1849 went to Illinois. After remaining in Whiteside County, of that State, about three years, they immigrated to Missouri, and located in 1852 in St. John Township. Putnam County, where the father still resides. Our subject grew to manhood in Virginia and Indiana, and in 1852 located in Putnam County. Here he was married, in August, 1853, to Miss Catherine R. Daniels, daughter of William Daniels, formerly of Virginia. Mrs. Thompson was born in Marion County, Ohio, and reared in Virginia. After his marriage Mr. Thompson improved a farm in Sherman Township, which is in the northern part of Putnam County. Some three years later he moved to the west of St. John Township and improved a farm there, which he afterward sold, and then moved upon his present location. He now has a well-improved place, with 210 acres in the homestead, all fenced, and about 180 acres in meadow and plow land. Their union has been blessed with only one son-Marshall Thompson-who married Melissa Skipper, and has an eighty-acre farm adjoining that of his father’s. He is a young man of good character and is well situated in a comfortable house, and has a fairly improved home place. Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Thompson are members of the Methodist Church of St. John.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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