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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 T. Eoff, merchant, of Fairfield, Benton County, Mo., was born in St. Louis County, Mo., October 9, 1839, and is the son of George Eoff, who was a native of Kentucky, and who came to Missouri with his father, George Eoff, Sr., when but two years of age. The Eoffs were one of the early Virginia families, and one of the streets of Richmond is named after them. George Eoff, Sr., settled in Missouri, St. Louis County, in 1803, and here George Eoff, Jr., grew to manhood. He married Miss Mary Stephenson, a native of Kentucky, but who, like her husband, was reared in Missouri, near St. Louis. George Eoff, Jr., was engaged in general merchandising, and at the same time was occupied in tilling the soil. He died in Cooper County at the residence of the subject of this sketch, in 1881. John T. Eoff reached mature years in St. Louis County, and spent his youth in assisting his father on the farm. In July, 1862, he enlisted in the First Missouri Cavalry (Gen. F. M. Cockerell, commanding), and was afterward transferred to the infantry. He surrendered with Johnson at Nashville early in 1865. He was in the fights of Pine Mountain, Peach Tree, Ark.; Lookout Mountain, Franklin, Tenn., and Nashville, and was taken prisoner in Wayne County, and held at Pilot Knob and other military prisons for about six weeks. He was in the same regiment and in company with an elder brother. After the war Mr. Eoff located on a farm in St. Louis County. He was married in St. Louis, November 20, 1872, to Miss Anna Thomas, a native of St. Charles, Mo. Later he farmed in St. Louis County up to 1879, then sold out and moved to Cooper County, where he engaged in merchandising. He sold goods there for over one year, after which he sold out and went to St. Louis, where he again resumed business, but moved from there to Fairfield, Mo., in the spring of 1882, bought a house and put in a general stock of merchandise. He has built up a good trade and is doing finely in his business. He was appointed postmaster while in Cooper County, and again here in March, 1887. Mr. and Mrs. Eoff are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Eoff has been in business at three points, and has been postmaster at each place during his stay at these places. He is secretary of the township board, and has also been a member of the school board, being president of the same up to 1888. He and wife are the parents of three children: Stella M., Birchie E. and Minnie D.

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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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