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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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Capt. Isaac C. Simler, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Harrison County, Ind., July 19, 1819. He is the son of John J. and Susanna (Winter) Simler, natives of Pennsylvania. They were among the first settlers of Harrison County, and both died in that State near the Ohio River. Three sons and two daughters of their family grew to maturity, and one of them, John, lives in the old homestead. Our subject grew up in Harrison County; in 1854 he came to Adair County, Mo. He first bought a 120 acre tract, then entered eighty acres. He afterward bought twenty acres, and entered forty acres of timber land, then entered 139 and bought 200 acres. He now owns about 600 acres, about 200 of which are cultivated. In August, 1861, he joined the Twenty-second Missouri Cavalry, which was afterward merged into the Black Hawk, constituting the Seventh Missouri Cavalry. He served as orderly until he was discharged, February 2, 1863, on account of disability. He was at the battles of Blue Mills and Prairie Grove, and came so near being wounded as to receive sixteen bullets in. his clothes. After his return he joined a company of provisional militia, of which he became captain, doing service against the bushwhackers. He was about twenty years old when he married Elizabeth, the daughter of Isaac Fravel. She was born in Harrison County, Ind., April 15, 1823. Their children are Catherine B. (the wife of I. Bell), Charles W., Mary (the wife of N. Sloan), Daniel (killed at Centralia in his nineteenth year), Isaac C., Jr., George R. and John.

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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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