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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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John Bass was born on the 25th of November, 1828, in Marion County, Term., and is a son of Andrew Bass, who was born in North Carolina, but was reared and married in Tennessee, in which State his wife, whose maiden name was Ellen Smith, was born. They located near Springfield, Mo., in 1830, where Mr. Bass homesteaded and entered land, and on which he resided until his death, which occurred about 1863. He was quite a hunter, and killed many deer and a few bears. Eight sons and five daughters grew to mature years, and all became the heads of families, and five sons and five daughters are living at the present time. John Bass was reared in Greene County, and was there married in 1850 to Miss Samentha Owens, who was born and reared in Greene County, and immediately engaged in tilling the soil on his own responsibility. He became the owner of his present property in 1868, which consists of 125 acres, but at one time his land amounted to 400 acres, the most of which he gave to his children. He has about 100 acres of cleared land, and a substantial residence and other buildings. His wife died in 1856, leaving two children: Sarah C., wife of W. A. Stratton, of Greene County, and Jasper A. J., who is married and resides in Webster County. In 1857 Mr. Bass married his present wife, Miss Angeline Hartley, who was born in Tennessee and reared in Webster County, being a daughter of Jesse Hartley. Their union has been blessed in the birth of four children: Jesse W., who is married and is a resident of the county; John W., also married; Margaret F., wife of David Bodenhamer, and Benton, a young man of eighteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Bass are worthy and consistent members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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