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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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Samuel R. Hale, a farmer of Piney Township, Pulaski Co., Mo., was born in Tennessee in 1847, and is a son of W. G. and Susanna (Brookshire) Hale, who were born in Tennessee in 1824 and 1823, respectively. The father is of Irish descent, a farmer by occupation, and is now a resident of Kentucky. From 1851 to 1868 he resided in Missouri, but since the latter date has been a resident of the “Blue Grass” State. Samuel R. Hale is the eldest of six children, and was but four years old when he was brought to Missouri. He has lived in Pulaski County since 1852, and up to the time of attaining his majority remained with his parents and attended school. In 1869 he was married to Mrs. Mary Ann (Deer) Bradford, widow of I. N. Bradford. She died May 11, 1879, having borne four children, two of whom are living. In January, 1879, Mr. Hale married his second wife, Prudence Huckins, who was born in Ripley County, Ind., in 1860. She is a daughter of F. S. and Emily J. Huckins, and has borne four children, two living. Since his marriage Mr. Hale has resided the most of the time in Pulaski County, where he owns a good farm of 186 acres, 115 of which are under cultivation. He is a Democrat in politics, and in 1868 was elected justice of the peace, and served two terms. He also served two years as deputy sheriff of the county, and from 1884 to 1886 served again as justice of the peace, being re-elected in the latter year for two years. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. and the Free Will 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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