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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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SAMUEL MATEER is of French extraction, and was born in Ralls county, Mo., Feb. 25, 1839. He was raised in Ralls and Lafayette counties, where he spent his former life. Enlisting in Callaway county in 1861 he joined the First Missouri Infantry of the Confederate army, serving four years for a cause which he then espoused, but of which the course of events led him to change his mind. The subject of this sketch has thus far preferred to endure the “slings and arrows” of single contentment than fly to “evils” he knows not of. Coming to Jasper county in 1878, though formerly a farmer, he has engaged in prospecting for mineral, which business he has followed for twelve years. He is a member of the mining company of Smith, Mateer, Ross, Haworth, F. A. Smith, and Sonnichson, now operating in mineral and silicate in the Alba Mines, in paying quantities.

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