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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede 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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John Moser, a prominent farmer of Smith Township, Laclede Co., Mo., was born in Campbell County, Tenn., April 15, 1816, being the son of Allen and Susannah Moser, natives of South Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father followed farming and blacksmithing for a livelihood, and was a Democrat in his political opinions. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, was a member of the Baptist Church, and died during the late war, over eighty years of age. His father served in the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Susannah Moser died in the year 1850. She was the mother of twelve children, all of whom lived to be grown; but seven are now living. John Moser was the fourth child in order of birth. He was reared on his father’s farm in Campbell County, and when twenty-two years of age commenced business for himself. In 1841 he came to Missouri, by wagon, bringing with him his wife, whose maiden name was Mary Murry and one child. He located in the fall of the same year where he has since lived. He had but $18 after locating on his place, and traded a wagon for his claim, which was 120 acres of bottom land. By hard work and good management he has increased this to 225 acres of good land, with 150 under cultivation. He remained at home during the war; was a Union man, and a Democrat in his political views, although now he is independent. His wife died in 1844, leaving one child, Henry, who died in the Federal army in the fall of 1861. Mr. Moser was married the second time to Miss Lucy Elizabeth Mayfield, daughter of James Mayfield. [See sketch of W. R. Mayfield.] Mrs. Moser died in 1878, and left a family of three children: James, Margaret and John. Margaret died, leaving three children; James is living in Kansas City, and John lives on the old home place. John J. Moser and son farm their land. The latter was born on the home place in 1859, and has always been at home. He was married to Miss Emily J. May, a native of Kentucky, born in 1862, and the daughter of Robert and Ellen May. Ellen May died when her daughter was a small child, and the father is living in Dakota Territory. To John Moser, Jr. and wife, were born five children: Lucy A., Charley W., George A., Harrison and Ida L. Mr. Moser is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 104 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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