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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski 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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Hiram D. Craft, farmer, of Pulaski County, Mo., was born in Hancock County, Ind., in 1844, and is a son of William and Emily (Williams) Craft, who were of English and Scotch descent, respectively, born in 1812 and 1813. The father became a resident of Illinois at an early day, and was a farmer by occupation. In 1866 he became a resident of Kansas, and died in that State in 1872. His wife is still living, an active old lady, aged seventy-six years, and makes her home with her son Abraham. Eight of her twelve children are living, Hiram D. being the sixth of the family. He remained with his parents until eighteen years of age, and then enlisted in the Union army, Company E, Seventy-ninth Illinois Infantry, and served over two years, participating in the battles of Stone River, Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga and Kenesaw Mountain, being wounded in the latter battle, which occasioned the loss of the sight of one eye. In 1866 he was married to Mary Margaret Paul, a daughter of John and Mary Paul. She was born in Kentucky in 1847, and became the mother of eight children, whose names are as follows: Edwin, William, Charley, Albert, Emery, Neva, Thomas and Minnie. Since his marriage Mr. Craft has resided in Pulaski County, where he has a good farm of 190 acres, with sixty under cultivation, located on the Roubideaux River. He takes a deep interest in the cause of education, and makes his home in town during the winter seasons in order to give his children the benefit of the town schools. He is a strong Republican, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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