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Below is a sample of a family biography included in The History of Jackson County, Missouri published by Union Historical Company in 1881.  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.

W. A. GOSNELL, Fruit grower and stock dealer, section 22, post office Kansas City. The subject of this sketch was born in Rush County, Indiana, March 4, 1840, and was there reared, receiving his early education from the Highland Academy. He entered Bacon's Mercantile College in the summer of 1860, graduating the same year. Then returned to his place of birth and was employed at book-keeping until 1861, when he became engaged in trading stock. February 25, 1863, he went to Boone County, Kentucky, and took charge of his father-in-law's plantation, remaining for two years when he returned to near Richland, Indiana. He superintended his father's place for two years, then sold his place and commenced the drug business at Rushville. This he disposed of to his partner in the spring of 1868 and came to this county where he is in possession of 100 acres of fine fruit-growing land; also a large number of thoroughbred Cotswold sheep. Mr. Gosnell was married in Kentucky, February 25, 1863, to Miss A. E. Corbin. They have five children living: James C., Dora D., Nannie M., Lizzie M. and Mary L; one, Annie M., is deceased.

This family biography is one of 915 biographies included in The History of Jackson County, Missouri published in 1881.  For the complete description, click here: Jackson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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