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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster 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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Floyd E. Barnes, miller, was born in Kendall County, Ill., March 23, 1851, and is the son of Judge E. W. and Rosina (Morgan) Barnes. The father was born in Ohio in 1823, and is now a resident of Carthage, Mo. The family came to Missouri in 1865, settling in Lebanon for a short time, and then came to Marshfield. The father held the office of probate and county judge for two terms, commencing with the year 1876, and was also president of Webster County Bank. In 1881 he moved to Carthage, Mo. While living in this county he was one of its prominent citizens, and was universally respected. Mrs. Rosina (Morgan) Barnes was born in New York in 1829, and died at Marshfield in 1875. Floyd E. Barnes was the elder of two children born to his parents, was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common country school. At the age of twenty-one he began for himself; was deputy postmaster, and ran a book and stationery department in connection. Prior to this he was employed in his father’s mill, and in 1872 he began the hardware business in partnership with Freeman Evans, under the firm title of Barnes & Evans, the partnership continuing until 1887. In February, 1888, Mr. Barnes engaged in the milling business, buying one-half interest in the Barnes & Bolinger Mill, and has been quite successful in this pursuit. He was married in 1871 to Miss Emma Hampton, a native of Dade County, Mo., born in 1864, and the daughter of Dr. Noah H. Hampton, who was born in Tennessee, and who came to Missouri in early life. Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Barnes three are now living: Cora, born in 1872; Minnie, born in 1877, and Warren, born in 1882. Mr. Barnes is a Republican in his political views, and cast his first presidential vote for U. S. Grant in 1872. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and is one of the best men of the county. Mrs. Barnes is a member of the Congregational Church.

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