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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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Michael C. Cody, a farmer of Clay Township, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1833, and is a son of Michael and Mary (Henesy) Cody, natives of Ireland, where they were reared and married. A few years after they came to America, locating in New York, and from there went to Ohio, where the mother died when our subject was about six years old, and the father followed the footsteps of the mother about three years after. Michael C. began life for himself, after the death of his father, working on the farm until he was sixteen years of age, receiving at first about $4 per month for his labor. In 1848 he went to St. Louis, where he remained some five years, running on the river. In 1853 he went to California, where he mined, and thus received a financial start in the world. In 1855 he returned and located where he now resides, near Adair, where he has a fine farm of 233 acres, all the result of his own labor. He was married in 1857 to Miss Mary Cook, a daughter of Richard V. and Margaret Cook. Thirteen children have been born to them, eight of whom are living, all in Adair County. Mr. Cody is a Conservative, and he and family are members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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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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