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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barton 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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Mrs. Abbie Morris, proprietress of the Golden City Hotel, is the widow of Franklin Morris, who was born in Ohio on the 21st of January, 1839, his parents being Thomas and Elizabeth Morris, the former of whom was born in England, in 1810, and the latter in Kentucky. At an early day Thomas Morris came to Ohio, and died on the 17th of October, 1873. He and wife were the parents of the following children: John Franklin, born January 21, 1839; Richard A., born November 29, 1841; Matilda A., born March 3, 1844; Nancy C., born February 16, 1847; Lycurgus K., born May 23, 1850; and Emma Electa J., born December 29, 1853. The mother of these children died November 25, 1883, when in her sixty-eighth year. Franklin Morris, the husband of our subject, came to Missouri in 1867, and settled in Barton County, and engaged in farming and stock raising, continuing this occupation for several years. He was a leading member of the Republican party, and belonged to the Old School Presbyterian Church. In 1869 he met and married Miss Abbie Sanford, and to their union six children were born: W. T., born August 14, 1870; Elizabeth, born July 22, 1873; Alfred, born March 8, 1875; Clara M., born August 20, 1877; Franklin S., born May 23, 1880; and one child that died in infancy. Mr. Morris died on the 28th of January, 1881, and his widow afterward tried farming for one year, then moved to Golden City and began keeping hotel, which business is netting her a fair income. Her parents were E. and Sarah A. (Luper) Sanford, both of whom were born in 1810, in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, respectively. In 1866 they came to Barton County, and settled on what is now a portion of Golden City, where they kept hotel. Mr. Sanford died May 12, 1885, having been an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife is yet living at the age of seventy-three years, and resides with her daughter, Mrs. Morris. Their children are: Amos, Jacob, Sylvester, Lydia Ann, David, Albert, Abbie and Franklin. Four sons served in the Union army.

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