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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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C. J. Pollock, grocer, was born in Richland County, Ohio, in 1844. He was reared in that county, and in 1862 enlisted in Company C, Eighty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served to the close of the war. He then returned to his native county, and remained a few months, after which he came to Kirksville, where he engaged in the furniture trade with his brother for about three years. After a year in the grocery business he went as traveling salesman for a wholesale grocery house, by whom he was employed for sixteen years. He then bought out two different firms, and opened his present grocery business in December, 1884, and now employs five clerks, carries the largest stock in Kirksville, and does more business than any two houses in the city. His wife, Alice Pierce, is a native of LaPorte, Ind., and by their marriage, in 1867, there have been born four sons and one daughter. Mr. Pollock is a Knight Templar of the F. & A. M. His father, Samuel, was a Scotchman, who came to New York city about 1800, at the age of ten years. After a few years’ residence in Pennsylvania, he married Fanny Wilkey, a native of that State, and soon afterward moved to Ohio, where they died about 1877 and 1883, respectively. They reared nine of their twelve children to maturity, but at present only seven survive. Three of these were in the Union army-one as captain and one as a lieutenant, while a third was in the Confederate service, and reached the rank of colonel.

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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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