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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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John H. Imboden, general merchant, of Dixon, Mo., is a son of George and Eliza (Hughes) Imboden, and grandson of John Imboden and wife, formerly a Miss Goloday. The latter couple were born in Pennsylvania in 1780 and 1798, and died in 1865 and 1876, respectively. They moved from their native State to Virginia, thence to Missouri in 1830, the grandfather serving in the War of 1812. His son, George, was born in Virginia March 9, 1822, and after moving to Missouri was married to Miss Hughes, who was born in Washington County of that State. She was a daughter of William Hughes and wife, nee Kirkpatrick, who were born in Kentucky in 1792, and died in 1876 and 1827, respectively, and she inherited German blood from her father (her grandfather having come from Germany), and Scotch-Irish blood from her mother. Her union with Mr. Imboden was blessed in the birth of nine children, eight of whom are living: James W., John H., T. V., George W. (deceased), J. S., B. F., C. A., Eliza A. (Love) and Albertson. John H. Imboden spent his early days in Maries County, Mo. During 1871 he attended McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill., and in 1872 entered the Caledonia Collegiate Institute, Caledonia, Mo., and the following year became a student in the State University of Missouri. The following year he began teaching school and clerking in a store in Dixon, Mo., and the same year was married to Miss V. A. Basham, who was born December 3, 1853, and by her is the father of two children, Minnie and Mabel. February 22, 1875, he came to Pulaski County, and was engaged in clerking and teaching school until 1879, when he established his present business, a Mr. Murphy being his partner. Since July of that year the firm has been Imboden & Spalding. They have been located in their present building since 1880, and are having a large and lucrative trade. He has been a Mason since attaining his twenty-first year, and has always voted the Democratic ticket. He was the first mayor of Dixon, being elected in 1878, and since 1885 has been postmaster of the town. His wife is a daughter of Edmund and Mahala (Jones) Basham, natives of Tennessee, Mr. Basham being a farmer, blacksmith and merchant by occupation. The following are their children: Elizabeth (Johnson), John, Nancy (Christman), Perry, V. A. (Imboden), Amanda (Bridges), S. F. (Price), Florence (Herd), Martelia (Johnson) and James.

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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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