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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Dallas County, Missouri History published in 1889 by Goodspeed Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

C. P. Johnson may be mentioned as one of the successful farmers and stock dealers of the county. He was born in Karlstead, Sweden, November 4, 1844, his parents being John J, and Margret A. (Swenson), Johnson, both of whom lived and died in their native land. Three of their eight children are now living. C. F. Johnson was reared and educated in his native land, and before coming to America learned and worked at the stone-mason's trade. In May, 1805, he embarked for the United States, taking passage at Gottenburg, Sweden, and landed at Castle Garden, New York City, after a fourteen days' voyage. After residing in that city for about four months, he went to Chicago, thence to St. Louis, and worked in the latter city at the stone-mason's trade for about four years, and for about three years worked on the San Francisco Railroad construction. He was then employed on the construction of the Laclede & Fort Scott Railway, and worked on it until it stopped work at Buffalo, in which city he located in 1873, purchasing the farm of 305 acres on which he is now residing. In all he owns 700 acres of valuable land, fairly well improved, all of which he has acquired by industry and economy, and can now enjoy the fruits of his labor. He has given a great deal of attention to dealing in hogs and cattle, which he ships to St. Louis, and the county fair ground is located on Mr. Johnson's farm, and consists of twenty acres. March 8, 1874, he was wedded to Rebecca P., a daughter of Thomas P. and Polly A. (Rice) Welch, and by her is the father of seven children: Alfred L., William O., Walter T., Minnie D., Charles F., Margret A. and Fannie J. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and his wife belongs to the Christian Church.

This family biography is one of 52 pages of biographies included in the History of Dallas County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

View additional Dallas County, Missouri biographies here: Dallas County Missouri Genealogy

        

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