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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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James K. Foote, postmaster at De Bruin, Mo., was born in Orange County, Ind., in 1848, and is a son of William and Adaline (Pinnick) Foote, who were born in Indiana in 1823 and 1826, and died in Indiana and Missouri in 1877 and 1888, respectively. They were the parents of fourteen children, nine of whom are living: James K., Mary E. (wife of George T. McNeff), Nancy A. (wife of James M. Lane), Cammaliza, Malinda F. (wife of G. W. Mickler), William H., Minnie A. (wife of Alfred H. Williams), Evaline M. and Asher L. William Foote’s father was a Virginian, and after residing in Tennessee and Kentucky for some time moved to Indiana, where he died in 1862, at the age of seventy-five years. James K. Foote spent his boyhood days on a farm, and resided with his parents until twenty-one years of age. His marriage with Miss Laura J. Briner was celebrated in 1875. She was born in Orange County, Ind., in 1857, and is the mother of the following children: Nora A., Mabel M., Edson E. and Artiemecie. In 1872 Mr. Foote flat-boated to New Orleans, La., and in 1873 took up his abode in Texas, and at the end of two years and seven months returned to Indiana, and in the fall of 1875 went to Cherokee County, Kas. Here he resided until 1878, when he again returned to Indiana, and in the fall of 1879 came to Pulaski County, Mo., and in 1881 purchased forty acres of land about six miles west of the county seat, it being a portion of the old Cyrus Colley farm. In 1883 he was appointed postmaster of De Bruin. In his political views he is a stanch Republican. In religious belief he and wife are Seventh Day Adventists.

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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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