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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald 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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Andrew K. Maxfield, a druggist, general merchant and proprietor of Pineville Hotel, at Pineville, Mo., was born in Wabash County, Ill., November 11, 1840, and is a son of Simeon Maxfield, (deceased). The ancestors of A. K. Maxfield emigrated from Virginia to Ohio, then to Illinois. His great-grandfather was captured by the Indians, and remained seven years serving as a waiter for the noted Chief Kosaasco. The subject secured his education in the schools of Richland and Sangamon Counties, Ill., and when fourteen years of age was employed in his Uncle Asa Maxfield’s store at Taylorville, Ill., There he remained one year, after which he went to Fransonia, and clerked in the store of James Bunting until the Civil War broke out. He enlisted in the Federal army, joining Company H, Ninety-eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served three years, the last two as detailed quartermaster sergeant. After the close of hostilities he returned to Fransonia and engaged in the mercantile business, but at the end of one year he sold out and engaged in teaching school, farming during the summer when his health would permit. In the fall of 1877 he came to McDonald County, locating on a farm two and a half miles south of Pineville, which he cultivated until January, 1887, when he came to Pineville and engaged in his present business. He does a good business. He still owns his farm near the city. On February 18, 1862, he married Judah Martin, a daughter of Azial Martin (deceased.) She was born in Wabash County, Ill. Their marriage has been blessed by the birth of eleven children, ten of whom are living: Marques A., Amanda J., S. Nettie, Sibbie, Ada, Emma, Albert, William, Pearl and Virgil. Marques married Ella Davis, and has two children, Lora and Edith. Amanda married Isaiah Payton, and has two children, Clara and John. Nettie married James Jeffries, and has two children, Bertha and an infant daughter. Sibbie married Daniel Jeffries. Mr. Maxfield is an enterprising and respected citizen, and is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is also a member of the G. A. R. Mrs. Maxfield is a member of the Baptist Church.

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