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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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Hugh Godfrey, liveryman of Richland, Mo., was born in the “Old North State” about 1830, and is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Moss) Godfrey, who were also North Carolinians, and moved to Indiana about 1840. Here they resided eight years, and after a short residence in their native State took up their permanent abode in Washington County, Ind., where the mother died. The father afterward married again, and moved to some other State, and was never afterward heard from. He was a farmer by occupation. Hugh Godfrey is the second of six children, and in early life received but a meager education. He was married in North Carolina, January 5, 1857, to Susan, daughter of Caleb Sawyer, by whom he became the father of nine sons, one of whom is deceased. Richard and Alexis are farmers in Miller County, as is James; Joseph, Thomas, Frank, Caleb, George and Isaac live in Pulaski County; Caleb is a railroad man. In 1859 Mr. Godfrey removed to Washington County, Ind., and from there removed to Carroll County, Mo., and from 1869 to 1882 was a resident of Miller County. Since that time he has resided in Richland, and for three years carried the mail to Brumley, but since that time has been engaged in the livery business, and is in good circumstances, being the owner of several lots in Richland, and a good livery barn, seven horses, four buggies and two hacks. He is a Democrat politically, and he and wife are members of the Christian 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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