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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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M. F. Strock, revenue collector of Adair County, was born in Ohio, January 18, 1835. His parents moved to Coshocton County, Ohio, and resided on the line of Holmes County, at New Bedford, where our subject was reared and educated. His war service was in Company B, Sixteenth Ohio Infantry, and extended throughout the entire war, after which he returned home. March 5, 1865, he started for the west, and after a year in Iowa he located in Adair County, April 10, 1866, where he has since resided. He is a mechanic by trade, but has chiefly been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and also served as station agent at Brashear from November, 1873, to August, 1876, and from 1879 to 1882. He was elected to his present office in 1884, and re-elected in 1886, thus indicating the satisfaction he is giving through his faithful management. He was married February 19, 1857, to Airy E. Kelley, a native of Holmes County, Ohio, and by whom he has had three sons and two daughters. His first wife died April 23, 1875, and he has since married Mrs. C. C. Ridge, nee Eagle, a native of Ohio. He and his family are members of the United Brethren Church, while he is also identified with the G. A. R. B. J., the father of Mr. Strock, was born in 1804, in Pennsylvania, and afterward went to Ohio, where he was married to Margaret Wallick, a Pennsylvanian, who was born January 18, 1808. He filled various county offices in Ohio, and in the fall of 1867, moved to Roanoke, Ind. In the latter State he followed his trade of millwright in connection with farming until his death in 1882. The mother survived him until 1885, and has reared seven sons and four daughters, one of each sex being deceased. Five of their sons were in the Federal service: Zed, in the Eighty-eighth Ohio, was an orderly sergeant and afterward lieutenant in Company H, Seventh Indiana, and Levi and Benjamin F. were in the One-Hundred and Second Ohio. The first died at Clarksville, Tenn., June 19, 1863. The family is of German and Scotch-Irish descent.

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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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