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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries 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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Meshach Hodge is a farmer of Spring Creek Township, Maries County. He was born in Laurel County, Ky., in 1847, and when four or five years of age left his native State with his parents, Jeremiah and Frances (Freeman) Hodge, who stopped one season in Illinois, where the father died, and the family afterward located in what is now Maries County, Mo., where the mother died in 1881. Meshach Hodge was the third in a family of seven children, and obtained his education at the common schools. In 1871 he married Emeline, daughter of Ebenezer and Lucy Daniel, who were early settlers of Maries County, where Mr. Daniel died in May, 1878. His father was Thomas Daniel, a soldier in one of the early wars, who came from Tennessee to what is now Maries County at a very early day. Mrs. Lucy Daniel is still living, and is a daughter of Simon Feeler, who removed from Indiana to Maries, where he was an early settler. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hodge, viz.: Lewis A., born September 5, 1872; Leander K., born September 20, 1874; Ebenezer J., born February 26, 1877; John M., born March 6, 1879; George W., born August 16, 1881; Jeremiah, born February 6, 1884, and Iva A., born August 27, 1887. Mr. Hodge is one of the leading farmers of Spring Creek Township, where he owns 370 acres of good farm land, which he devotes to stock-raising and the cultivation of grain. He is a Democrat in matters politic. A brother of our subject, John W. Hodge, near the close of the war enlisted and served about a year in the United States Army.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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