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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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John R. Hackler, another prominent farmer and stock-raiser of Alexander Township, and one of the enterprising citizens of Benton County, Mo., was born in Graham County, Va., in May, 1846, and is the son of Philipp and Polly (Phipps) Hackler, both natives of Virginia. The father was a farmer by occupation, and resided in Grayson County until his death. John R. Hackler grew to the age of nineteen in his native county, and received fair educational advantages. He came West in 1865, was in Kansas for about ten months, and then went to Washington Territory, where he freighted for about one year. From there he went to Nevada and Idaho, Utah and Arizona, and freighted through these Territories. He then spent about two years in Arizona, engaged in mining, and then followed the same occupation in Nevada and Utah. He returned to the States in 1876, locating in Benton County, Mo., where he purchased his present farm, and where he has since resided. He has a tract of about 400 acres, with 250 under cultivation, all bottom lands. He has good buildings, and is prosperous and happy. He was married in Benton, December 26, 1878, to Miss Nannie Bailey, a native of Benton County, where she was reared and educated, and the daughter of E. K. Bailey, one of the old pioneers from Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Hackler are the parents of two children: Mabel and Edgar. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Hackler is a member of the school board, and is active in advancing the educational interests of his district.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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