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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Gentry County, Missouri History published in 1882 by National Historical Co.  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.

JACOB R. COMPTON, an early settler of Jackson Township, was born in Russell County, Kentucky, October 18, 1827. Micager Compton, his father, was born in Georgia, but was raised in Kentucky, and his mother, whose maiden name was Margaret Ruxroat, was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1842 the family moved to Pulaski, an adjoining county. The youth of Jacob R. was spent on a farm, and he was educated in the common subscription schools. He was married in Kentucky, March 23, 1853, to Miss Mary Dick, daughter of John Dick. She was born in Kentucky, February 13, 1831. After his marriage, Mr. C. lived some two years on a farm in Kentucky, and moved to Missouri in June, 1855, settling in Jackson Township, Gentry County, and being one of the first settlers of this part of the country. Mr. Compton entered into military service in November, 1864, and was discharged in May, 1865, having lost his eyesight from the effects of smallpox while in the service. After he was discharged he returned to his home in Gentry County. He has 840 acres of land, with 40 in his home farm improved, with a good house and barn, and a good orchard of 275 apple trees and some other fruits. He resides on section 2, township 61, range 33. Mrs. Compton died March 11, 1882. Mr. C. has five children living: Evan S., John L., Sarah F. (wife of John S. Adams), Arisona, and Martha A. One is deceased.

This family biography is one of 399 biographies included in the History of Gentry County, Missouri published by National Historical Co. in 1882.  For the complete description, click here: Gentry County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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