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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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Henry Eckert, dealer in saddles, harness, leather, etc., was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, in 1834, and at the age of fourteen came to America. He first located in New York, in 1854, and afterward went to Louisville and Frankfort, Ky., where he spent two years at the shoemaker’s trade. He then came to Missouri, and located at Kirksville, in the bakery business, in 1860. He soon after engaged in his old trade with P. J. Brown. The firm dealt in shoes and harness until 1866, when our subject retired for a couple of years, but it was formed again in 1869, and continued until 1873. After the dissolution at this date Mr. Eckert was associated with J. H. Kinnear, until 1884. Since that time he has been with his son, W. J., conducting the business alone, having dropped the shoe trade about 1883. By his union to Elizabeth Heider, a native of Germany, to whom he was married in March, 1859, he has had seven sons and one daughter, one of whom is now deceased. His sons are all graduates from good commercial colleges. His wife’s death occurred August 26, 1886. Mr. Eckert is a member of the F. & A. M., and of the I. O. O. F. fraternities, and holds to the faith of the Catholic Church. He was elected as director of the Kirksville Savings Bank in 1887. His parents, Mary and Joseph Eckert, spent their whole lives in the Fatherland.

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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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