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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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Jacob B. Novinger, a farmer, stock raiser and coal dealer of Morrow Township, is a native of Dauphin County, Penn., where he was born in 1845, and when but eighteen months old was brought by his parents, Isaac and Christina (Shoop) Novinger, to Adair County, where he was reared, with no educational advantages save those offered by the common country schools, and upon reaching his majority he could not write his name. He then attended two three-months’ terms at Greencastle, and then attended the North Missouri State Normal for two terms, after which he taught a couple of terms, and then attended the Normal again for one term. Since then he has been farming, marrying Miss Maggie, daughter of Noah and Susannah Motter, October 11, 1874, a native of Adair County, He has six children all living, viz.: Lizzie B., Martin L., Emanuel L., Minnie, Noah and Bessie. He remained in Nineveh Township until 1878, when he came to Morrow Township, and has since lived upon his present farm of 140 acres, situated near Stahl. When he first came to his present home he opened up a coal mine, the first of any consequence ever opened in the township. This he has since continued to operate, supplying quite an extensive local trade, besides shipping fifteen or twenty car loads each year. Mr. Novinger is the owner of perhaps the most favorably located and valuable coal field in this section of the State. Thus far he has succeeded in discovering two good veins, the first about three and a half feet thick, and the other about three feet below the first, four feet thick.

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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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