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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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I. D. Pierce, an old established dentist of Kirksville, Mo., was born in Clark County, Ohio, in 1838. He was reared in that county, and lived there until 1860, when he moved to Chillicothe, Mo., and from there to Macon the following year, remaining in that place until 1866. He spent one year in studying medicine, and then studied his profession at Dayton during this time. At the last mentioned date he located at Kirksville, as the first permanent dentist in the place, and has enjoyed an extensive and lucrative practice ever since. He has had partners of various kinds, and students have learned the profession under him, but, during all this time he has held the leading place. He has had a family of four children born to his wife, Mary Wingate, a native of Delaware, who died in 1871. Dr. Pierce is a member of the F. & A. M. fraternity. His parents, Jacob and Nancy (Dussman) Pierce, were natives of Ohio, the former being born in 1813. But two of their children survived infancy, William and our subject; the former was in the Forty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and died from exposure soon after the battle of Charleston.

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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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