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Below is a sample of a family biography included in The Biographical Record of Jasper County Missouri by Malcolm G. McGregor and published by The Lewis Publishing Company in 1901.  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.

JOSEPH GREEN. As an example of the usefulness and prominence to which men of character and determination may attain it is but necessary to chronicle the life of Joseph Green, one of the representative agriculturists of Marion township. He was born in Clinton county, Ohio, January 9, 1818. His father, Robert Green, was born in Grayson county, Virginia, November 14, 1792, and was reared and married in the county of his nativity. In 1816 he removed to Clinton county. Ohio. where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and also followed the trade of blacksmithing. He there spent the remainder of his life, passing away on the 5th of April, 1843. He was reared in the faith of the Friends church, in which he took an active and prominent part, and in his political affairs he was a Whig. His father was also a native of the Old Dominion, and was a life-long farmer. He also removed to Clinton county, Ohio, in 1816. His father, Isaac Green, was born in 1735; and was a son of Robert and Mary Green, who are supposed to be of English descent. The mother of our subject, who was in her maidenhood Mary Jackson, was a native of Grayson county. Virginia, born in 1799. Her father was Joseph Jackson. Unto Robert and Mary (Jackson) Green were born nine children, two daughters and seven sons, and eight of the number grew to man and womanhood. Six of the sons are still living.

Joseph Green, the eldest child in the above family and the immediate subject of this review, was reared and educated in his native county. He there followed agricultural pursuits unti1 1870, the year of his arrival in Jasper county, Missouri. On coming to this county he immediately located on the farm on which he still resides, where he has made many valuable and substantial improvements and has placed his fields under a high state of cultivation. The farm is one of the valuable ones of the locality, and there he is engaged in general farming, his efforts being attended with a high and gratifying degree of success.

In Clinton county, Ohio, on the 1st of September, 1842, Mr. Green was united in marriage with Rhoda West, and their union was blessed with the following children: William W., a resident of Carthage, Missouri; Robert A. of Jasper county, this state; Joseph L., a lawyer, who resides in Rampart, Alaska; Sarah E., the wife of M. L. Elliott; Mary E., born November 23, 1843, who became the wife of Parker Moon and died on the 10th of January, 1877. For his second wife Mr. Green chose Mary (Thornton) Lewis, the widow of Eber Lewis, but no children were born of that union. On the 15th of September, 1877, he married Lydia (Carter) Wheeler, the widow of Nathan Wheeler. The lady is a native of North Carolina, her birth having occurred there the 3d of August, 1827. Mr. Green now has eight grand-children and four great-grandchildren. His first presidential vote was cast for William Henry Harrison in 1840, and his grandson, Leonodus Moon, cast his first vote for Benjamin Harrison. Our subject also voted for Fremont and Lincoln, and for Henry Clay on the anti-slavery ticket, and he is now a stanch advocate of the Prohibition party, doing all in his power to promote its growth and advancement. He was reared in the Friends church, and is now an elder and exhorter therein. Mr. Green has retired from the active duties of a business life and rents his farm. He has been ably assisted in the battle for existence by his wives, who have been worthy and exemplary women. His first wife was a minister in the Friends church. Mr. Green has thoroughly identified himself with the section where he resides, and all moral public measures which commend themselves to his excellent judgment find in him a hearty and liberal supporter.

This family biography is one of 335 biographies included in The Biographical Record of Jasper County Missouri published in 1901.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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