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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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S. B. Walton, jeweler and silversmith of Unionville, was born in Davis County, Iowa, in 1852, and is one of six sons and two daughters born to Ira D. and Cynthia (Alexander) Walton, natives of Ohio and Indiana, who now reside at Bloomfield, Iowa. All the children were reared to maturity, but one brother is now deceased. Our subject learned his trade at Bloomfield, Iowa, and in 1877 went to Hutchinson, Kas., where he opened a stock of jeweler’s goods and remained three years. He then returned to Bloomfield and from there went to Unionville in 1880. He first located on the south side of the square, and afterward on the west side, where he was burned out in 1882. He was then, for a year and a half, on the northwest corner of the square, on the west side of the street, and in the fall of 1882 formed a partnership with E. N. Monroe, the druggist, in whose room he has since carried a fine stock of silver tableware, jewelry, gold and silver watches, clocks, diamonds, etc., his stock being valued at about $4,000. His stock is well assorted and very complete, and would be of credit to a town five times larger than Unionville. In the fall of 1877 Mr. Walton was married to Neatie Goss, a native of Jackson County, Ind.

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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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