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John L. Vessels


John L. Vessels, a retired farmer of Perryville, Mo., is a native of Perry County, Mo., born in 1837. He s a son of George and Mary (Burns) Vessels, natives of Kentucky and Perry county, Mo, respectively.

When a youth George Vessels came to Perry County, Mo., with his father, Elijah Vessels, who was one of the pioneers of Perry County. George Vessels settled on a farm in Saline Township, and became one of the county's most influential citizens. He served four terms as county judge. His death occurred on February 3, 1856.

His wife, who was a daughter of David Burns, died on December 26, 1843. She was the mother of seven children, only two of whom are living: Lydia (wife of Joseph Klump), and John L.

The latter grew up on a farm, and on February 20, 1862, married Miss Elizabeth Meridith a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Hogard) Meridith, natives of Perry County, Mo, in 1842. After his marriage Mr. Vessels located on a farm of 145 acres in Bois Brule Township, Perry County, and devoted his time and attention to tilling the soil. Being a good manager he was prosperous, and added acre after acre to his farm until he had 600 acres of good bottom land, 300 acres in cultivation, on which he resided until 1885, when he removed his family to Perryville, that his children might have the benefit of the superior schools in town.

He owns a fine residence in Perryville, and twenty-two acres of land in the suburbs. In politics he is a Democrat, and is a member of the A. O U. W. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church. They have four children, viz.: Henry, John, Frank, and Nellie.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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