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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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J. F. Whitacre, one of Kirksville’s successful business men, was born in Virginia, in 1854. He came to Missouri in 1879, and became a member of the firm of Robinson &Whitacre in March following. This firm was dissolved in 1883, and from that date our subject and his brother, E. S., owned the entire stock, consisting of dry goods, boosts, shoes, clothing, etc. They carry a stock of from $18,000 to $25,000, and employ four assistants. From 1885 to 1887 they had a branch store at Wilsontown in this county, but soon removed it to Memphis, Mo., where the brother now resides and conducts the business. John W., the paternal grandfather, was an Englishman, and on coming to America in his youth, located in Pennsylvania. He afterward bought land in Loudon County, Va., which is still in the possession of J. F.’s mother, and one of the younger children; it was on this place that James, the father, was born and reared, and spent his life in agricultural pursuits until his death in 1857. The maiden name of the mother above mentioned is Margaret A. Jackson. Their family consisting of five sons are distributed as follows: Samuel, died in Virginia at the age of twenty-nine years, and two others still live in that State, while the remainder are mentioned in this sketch. Mr. Whitacre and his brother are recognized as leading business men in their respective places, and are successful in all their operations.

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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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