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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of 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.

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A. L. Holmes, of Loomis & Holmes, owners of the Kirksville Foundry, and proprietors of the Variety Wood Works and Grist mill, was born in White County, Ind., in 1848. He was reared in that county until the age of twenty-one, when he then spent a year in Iowa. He then came to Kirksville and followed the builders’ and mechanics’ trades for two years, and spent three years in Howard County at the same business. He then resumed his trade in Kirksville until 1880, when he established his Variety Wood Works, and soon after added the grist-mill with G. Amick as a partner during three years. He now employs from six to twelve workmen. In February, 1886, the Kirksville Foundry was established. Mr. Holmes has one-half interest in this, but Mr. Loomis, formerly of Iowa, has charge of this department, which is destined to be one of the leading institutions of Kirksville. In October, 1876, our subject married Etta Barnett, a native of Howard County, Mo., and by whom he has two daughters: Essie and Lillian B. Mr. Holmes is a member of the A. O. U. W., and is an able manager and mechanic. The paternal grandfather, Moses Holmes, was in the naval service in the War of 1812. John J., the father, was born in New Jersey about 1822, and spent his childhood in Ohio. He was about ten years old when his parents moved to Indiana, and there he married Rebecca Jenkins, who died in 1853. The father then married Jane, a sister of his first wife, and by whom he had five children. He died in December, 1883. A. L. is the only survivor of three children born to his first marriage.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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