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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald 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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James L. Plater, druggist, of Rocky Comfort, Mo., was born near Jacksonville, Ill., on April 29, 1837. He is a son of James L. Plater, a native of Virginia, who at a very early day immigrated to Morgan County, Ill., it being before the Black Hawk War. Later he removed to Jefferson County, where for many years he was engaged in merchandising. Then goods were sold for hides, furs and bees-wax, and taxes were paid in coon-skins. James L. Plater had limited educational advantages in his youth, and is mainly self-educated. During the Civil War he served in Company G, One Hundred and Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and is now a member of the G. A. R. After the war he spent two years near Paola, Kas., and in 1868 removed to Lawrence County, Mo. For nearly four years he ran the mail hack line between Cassville and Greenfield, and in 1872 went to Newton County, coming to Rocky Comfort in 1885. Here he has since been engaged in his present business. He carries a full line of drugs and medicines, and also keeps books, stationery, notions, perfumes, tobacco and cigars. On December 25, 1871, he was united in marriage with Mary E. Hughes, a daughter of John Hughes (deceased). They are the parents of four children: Iola, Earl, Willy and Georgia A. In politics Mr. Plater is a Democrat. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and he and family are mem­bers of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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