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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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Benjamin F. Heiny has occupied a prominent position in the affairs of Adair County during his residence here, and is deserving of especial mention in this department of the present volume. He was born in Carroll County, Ind., September 15, 1845. He is the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Lantz) Heiny, both natives of Lancaster County, Penn., who removed westward to Indiana in an early day, being among the pioneers of that section. In 1864 Benjamin F., only about nineteen years of age, responded to his country’s call for troops, and enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Forty-Second Indiana Volunteer Infantry, continuing in service until the close of the war, when he was mustered out, together with three brothers, who still survive and are in good health. In August, 1867, Mr. Heiny came to Kirksville, Mo., where he entered the Normal School, taking a two-years’ course in that well-known institution of learning. Subsequently he accepted a position in the county clerk’s office, and in 1874 was elected county clerk, in which office he remained four years. Following this he became engaged in his present mercantile business, though during this time his attention has been directed to other channels of business life. He has held various offices, and as editor of one of the leading papers of the county (with which he is still connected) became widely and favorably known. At Kirksville, in 1870, he married Miss Bella Boyd, originally from Armstrong County, Penn., born in 1844. The names of their five children are Lyda Blanche, Lenora L., Frank R., John Dale and Mary Agnes. Mr. and Mrs. Heiny are members of the Presbyterian Church. The former is Republican in politics; he belongs to the Masonic and A. O. U. W. fraternities, and is Past Commander of Corporal Dix Post, No. 22, G. A. R., in which he is now Assistant Inspector at large.

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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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