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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. Sohn was born in Cole County, Mo., August 24, 1841. His father, George Sohn, was a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother, Mary (Share) Sohn, was also born in that State. The family settled in Jefferson City, Mo., about 1833, in Cole County, where the father engaged in farming, although he was a wool manufacturer by trade, and followed that business to a certain extent there. The family moved to Adair County, in 1856, bought land and improved a farm near Kirksville. Mr. Sohn lived here until his death in May, 1886. His wife had previously died. There were eleven children, eight of whom were sons, and of these five are now living, all but one, who lives in Sullivan County, now residing in Adair County. W. H. grew to manhood on the farm, receiving his education at the common schools and the Kirksville Normal. He worked at the woolen business in the Kirksville Woolen Mills, and also worked at that trade about ten years in Macon and Adair Counties. He was married at Kirksville, January, 9, 1873, to Margaret Harding, a daughter of Colman Harding, of Adair County. Mrs. Sohn was born and educated in Adair County. After the marriage they located upon the farm where they now reside, buying new land which he has improved. He now has a home place of 140 acres, all fenced, and in a good state of cultivation, good two-story house, barn and outbuildings, and an orchard of about one acre. Mr. and Mrs. Sohn have one daughter, Cora, born October 14, 1873, a young lady who has been educated at the Brashear Academy.

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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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