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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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Samuel Reed, president of the Kirksville Savings Bank, was born in Huron (now Erie) County, Ohio, January 15, 1828. He was reared in that county until the age of twenty-three years, and engaged in the lumber trade, at Milan, Ohio, for his first business. He came to Iowa in 1854 and the same year located at Kirksville, where he had bought land, and where he has since remained, excepting two years spent in the grocery and lumber trade at Saginaw, Mich. He has since been engaged in the real estate business and in loaning money, and was elected as county treasurer in 1862. For one year he was interested in the banking house of Baird & Reed, and for a few years after the war held a State broker’s license. He was elected to his present position in 1887. By his union to Georgiana Messenger, a native of Illinois, to whom he was married in 1862, he has had five sons and five daughters. Seven of these are now living, and are receiving their education at the State Normal School. Mr. Reed’s parents, Samuel, Sr., and Hannah (Brown) Reed, were married in Connecticut, the native State of the former. They moved to our subject’s birthplace in 1815, and there reared a family of three sons and three daughters. The father died in 1872, and the mother survived him in the same county until 1881. The former served in the War of 1812, and his father, Samuel, was a soldier of the Revolution. The Reed family are of English 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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