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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Victor B. Mesplay was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., September 4, 1814. He was the fifth in the family of ten children born to Brazil and Julia (St. James) Mesplay, the former a native of New Orleans and a farmer by occupation, and the latter born in Kaskaskia, Ill. Victor B. was reared a farmer and miner, and removed to Washington County, Mo., in 1822, settling where he now lives. He owns 170 acres of land, and devotes his attention to farming. He served as assessor of the county twenty-two times, and is thoroughly familiar with the history of his community, and remembers many interesting events in regard to the early settlement of the county. He married Miss Susan Neves August 10, 1832. She was born in Kentucky, but came to Washington County with her parents in 1818. Mr. and Mrs. Mesplay have three children living: John B., Charles F. and Mary Rachel. Mr. Mesplay is an active man for his years, and commands the respect of all who know him.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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