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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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O. B. Milliken, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Dearborn County, Ind., August 12, 1828. His parents, Elias and Amy (Henotis) Milliken, were natives of Maine and New York, respectively. They were among the early settlers of Dearborn County, and he served as justice for twenty years. He died in Kansas while the mother died in this county. Our subject is chiefly self-educated, and at the age of twenty-two began teaching in St. Joseph County. Several years later he was at the head of the Ripley County schools, and for about three years received the highest teaching salary. He left Indiana in 1858, and came to Iowa, but in August, 1859, came to his present home. He first settled on 80 acres, but has since acquired 122 acres of fairly improved land, which he has gained by his habits of hard work. After coming to Missouri, he taught some until 1873, and has held several local offices. He was reared a Democrat, but is now a Greenbacker, independent in everything. He helped organize the first union meeting in this township in 1861, and made the first union speech. He was one of the four in this township who voted for Lincoln. He twice refused the nomination for representative, declining the honor. He is an independent student, and continually follows some line of study. In 1851 he married Dianna, a daughter of John Dorsh, formerly of Pennsylvania. Their children are Viola, John E., Eliza, Ama, Susie, Rebecca, Mary, Marion, Albert, Katie, Charles, and two deceased infants. Mr. Milliken served in the Home Guards during the war.

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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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