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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Shelby County, Missouri published in 1884 by National Historical 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.

JOHN C. LEFFEL (Farmer, Post-office, Shelbina). A colony of pioneers left Botetourt county, Va., in 1806, bound for the then territory of Ohio, better known as the North-west Territory. They 1ocated about 75 miles from Cincinnati, in what afterwards became Clarke county, O. Among these early pioneers were Daniel Leffel and parents and Miss Elizabeth Clapsaddle and her parents. These two young people were married in December, the same year of their emigration, and they made the new settlement their permanent home. Daniel Leffel followed farming in Clarke county and waggoning to Cincinnati. They reared a family of 10 children, including the subject of this sketch, five of whom are living. John C. Leffel was the eldest of their family, and was born in Clark county December 20, 1807. At the age of 21, or in his twenty-first year, he was married October 12, 1828, to Miss Nancy Sullenbarger. He had learned the carpenter's trade as he grew up, and also millwrighting, and he followed these in Ohio until 1841, when he removed to Indiana, where he made his home for 16 years. He then came to Missouri, and in 1858 settled on his present farm. Mr. Leffel has resided on this place for over 26 years. He is a man of fine natural mechanical and inventive genius, and has invented several valuable contrivances, including a wheat drill, a bee gum, a corn planter for horse power and one for hand work. Mr. and Mrs. Leffel have had 10 children, and seven are living, all married, namely: Elizabeth, Daniel, Levi, Leathe W., Newton, Sarah E. and Harriet. Mr. Leffel has a good farm of 152 acres. He is one of the highly respected old citizens of Salt River township.

This family biography is one of 375 biographies included in the History of Shelby County, Missouri published by National Historical Company in 1884.  For the complete description, click here: Shelby County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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