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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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William F. Kirkpatrick is a native of Adams County, Ill., and was born May 22, 1835. His father, John, and mother, Eliza (Cox), were both natives of Tennessee. The family was one of the very early settlers of Adams County at which place the father died. The grandfather served in the Revolutionary War for seven years. Our subject worked in a buggy manufacturing shop in his youth, learning that trade, and also worked at coopering and carpentering. He was married October 3, 1859, in Lima, Adams County, to Miss Mary Tipton, a daughter of the Rev. W. W. Tipton. Mrs. Kirkpatrick was born in Ohio, but spent most of her life and received her education in Illinois. She died in 1868. William F. worked at the buggy business until 1865, when he came to Missouri, locating in Wilson County, where he bought a farm which he sold in 1867, and engaged in the mercantile business for two years at Wilson, selling out at the end of that time, and buying the farm upon which he has since lived. During the two years he had the store he also kept the post-office. He now has 130 acres of land under cultivation, a neat one-and-a-half-story house with good barn and outbuildings and a good orchard. Mr. Kirkpatrick was married a second time in Kirksville, March 29, 1870, to Miss Sarah A. Barnett, an elder daughter of Amos Barnett, an old pioneer; she was born in Kentucky. At the age of sixteen she removed with her parents to Macon County, Mo., where she resided until her marriage. Everett E. and Eddington W. are the first wife’s children. Three children were born to the present marriage, viz.: Cecil H., Gracie and Mabel C. The eldest two died in infancy; Mabel is a little girl of nine.

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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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