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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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Dr. W. R. Hopkins (deceased), for some years a practicing physician of Brashear, was born in Pendleton County, Ky., in 1838, and lived there until twenty years of age. In 1859 he moved with his mother to Shelby County, Mo., and followed agricultural pursuits until 1866, when he began the study of medicine. He attended the Keokuk College of Physicians and Surgeons during 1866 and 1867, after which he practiced for a short time in Scotland County, Mo., but in the fall of 1867 moved to Paulville, Adair County, practicing there until 1873, after which he located at Brashear. In 1866 he married Mary F. Barnett, a native of Kentucky, by whom three sons and five daughters have been born, two of the former and three of the latter still living. He was a member of the F. & A. M. His father, Hugh, was of an old North Carolina family, born in 1807, reared and married in that State. In 1831 he moved to Kentucky, where he died in 1845. His wife, Elizabeth (Simpson) Hopkins, is still living, and was also a native of North Carolina, being born in Guilford County, in 1807. Dr. Hopkins was the fifth child of a family of three sons and four daughters, of whom two sons and one daughter are now living. Dr. W. R. Hopkins died September 29, 1887, at his residence in Brashear, Mo., of typhoid fever.

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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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