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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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John Ryals was born in Monroe County, Mo., April 26, 1834, and is a son of John Ryals, Sr., and Mary (Sears) Ryals, natives of North Carolina. The father was born May 13, 1803, and when a small boy came to Kentucky with his father, where he grew to manhood and was married. Shortly afterward he moved to Illinois and settled in Sangamon County, where he bought and improved land and lived until 1831. He then moved to Randolph County, Mo., from there to Monroe County, and from there, in October, 1841, to Putnam County, locating upon a farm near his son’s present residence. In January, 1843, he moved to Appanoose County, Iowa, but two years later returned to Putnam County, where he remained until his return to Appanoose County in 1864. In 1874 he came back to Putnam County, and lived there until his death, October 10, 1884. John Ryals, Jr., the subject of this sketch, grew to manhood in Putnam County, and in the spring of 1853 went to Illinois, living upon a farm in Henderson County about four years. He is a self-educated man, and in 1858 began to teach in Putnam and Appanoose Counties, continuing thus engaged about four years. March 13, 1862, he was married in Liberty Township, Putnam County, to Miss Miriam Mannon, daughter of John H. Mannon, and a native of Mercer County, Ill. He then located upon the farm where he now resides, which contains 206 acres of well fenced and cultivated land, and upon which he has built a good house and substantial outbuildings. He is a Democrat in politics, and has served one year each in the offices of township collector and township assessor. He belongs to the Hartford Lodge in Masonry. To himself and wife seven children have been born: Sylvia (wife of Robert Musgrove), Nora (wife of Samuel Musgrove), Elmer A. (county teacher), Leila, Ledrew E., Vietta and Clyde E.

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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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