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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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WILLIAM S. MERRISS, former and market gardener, post-office Carthage, comes originally from Franklin county, Ohio, where he was born Nov. 17, 1810. In 1836 he immigrated to Illinois, settling in Morgan county, where he bought and improved a farm. He was married there Feb. 27, 1840, to Miss Eliza Hamilton, also a native of Ohio, who died two years later. He moved to Fulton county, Ill., in the fall of 1840, and bought and improved a farm upon which he lived until 1872. He then sold out and came to Jasper county, Mo., and embarked in the grocery and provision trade in the city of Carthage, remaining in that business four years. He purchased the farm upon which he now lives in 1882. It is nicely situated, one and one-half miles southeast from the public square of Carthage. He is engaged in raising fruits and vegetables for the Carthage market, for which purpose the place is well calculated. He was married to his present wife, Mrs. Parthena Wadsworth, maiden name Hubbard, a native of Tioga county, N. Y., Dec. 24, 1843. They are the parents of two sons, John P. and Henry A., and one daughter, Eliza S. Mrs. Merriss’ first husband was William Wadsworth, son of Major James D. Wadsworth, a well-known New York soldier of the War of 1812. They were the parents of one daughter, Clarissa A., wife of Henry Cline, of Jasper county, Mo.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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