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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton 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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Jesse Sparks Majors, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Adams County, Ind., November 2, 1842, where he grew to manhood. He is the son of Daniel and Margaret (Brittsom) Majors, who were natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively, and much respected citizens of every locality in which they moved. In 1859 they came to Missouri, and located at Granby, Newton County. At the breaking out of the late war their son, Jesse Sparks, who had moved to Missouri with his parents, enlisted in the Federal army, and was in active duty for three years. After the war he returned to Newton County, Mo., and locating upon a farm, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He then married Miss Julia Ann Wagoner, the daughter of Solomon and Julia Ann (Day) Wagoner, natives of Tennessee, and early settlers of the State of Missouri. They are now living in Independence County, Ark. Mr. and Mrs. Majors are the parents of an interesting family of six children, five sons and one daughter, viz.: Daniel S. (teacher and farmer, of Franklin Township), William, Isaac, Normon, Dora E. and Frankie. Mr. Majors has a good farm of 190 acres, all well improved. He has been a justice of the peace for four years; has also been a member of the school board for several years, and is a charter member of the Farmers’ Alliance. He and his wife are both members of the Methodist Protestant Church, and are excellent citizens.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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