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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 H. Sheeks, an old pioneer farmer, is a native of Wayne County, Ky., and was born March 8, 1822. Soon after the fall of 1828 he came to Randolph County, Mo., and there was reared to maturity. He was married the day before Christmas, in 1840, and the February following located in Macon County, Mo., where he remained until October, 1849, the time of his removal to Kirksville. After some time as a liquor dealer in the latter city he was elected as county sheriff, and served four years. A year before the last mentioned date he entered on eighty acres of land, which now includes 240 acres, and which became his home in 1862. By his marriage to Mary Fletcher, a native of Grayson County, Ky., and who was born January 27, 1821, he has had four sons and seven daughters, seven of whom were reared to maturity and five of whom survive. William, our subject, is a member of the F. & A. M. His mother, Rosa, was born in May, 1796, and afterward became the wife of Joshua Phipps, by whom she had one son and one daughter. That gentleman died before the war, and the mother lived with her son until her death in August, 1885. Mr. Sheek’s estate shows the thorough hand of an experienced farmer.

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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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