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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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Dr. G. A. Sparling, of Kirksville, is of British ancestry, his parents, John and Rachel (English) Sparling, having been born in Ireland and England, respectively. About the year 1845 the father immigrated to Canada, and became one of the first settlers of the town of St. Marys, of which he served as chief magistrate about twenty years. In 1863 the family moved to Guernsey County, Ohio, settling at Washington; but in 1867 they removed to Chillicothe, Mo., where the parents afterward died, the mother on April 12, 1868, and the father August 3, 1871. The immediate subject of this sketch received his youthful education in the common schools and the North Missouri State Normal School, and in 1876 began the study of medicine. Entering the American Medical College at St. Louis, in 1878, he graduated two years later, then located for the practice of his profession at Chillicothe. In 1882 he removed to Kirksville. By close attention to business and skillful treatment of all cases submitted to him, he has won a place among the best physicians of the county. August 24, 1880, he married Miss Mary E. Iles, who was born in Indiana in 1860, and to their union three children have been born: Martha E., John N. and Gerald A. Dr. Sparling is a native of Canada, his birth occurring in St. Marys, January 21, 1856, near the town of London. In politics he is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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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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