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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Andrew C. Hemphill was born in 1837, in McMinn County, Tenn., and is a son of James and Frances (Neill) Hemphill, who were born, grew to maturity and married in North Carolina. They immigrated by wagon to Tennessee, and in 1852 came overland to Missouri, and located on Crane Creek, where they rented land the first year, and then purchased land in Stone County, but sold this shortly after, and bought another farm, which they also soon sold, and moved to Texas. They returned to Missouri in 1860, and here the father died in 1866. He was a strong Union man during the war, and a Republican in his political views. Ten of his twelve children grew to maturity, and seven are now living: William P., Margaret (Gardner), James M., Elizabeth (Gardner), Andrew C., Mary (Seitz) and Levi M. Those dead are Irena (who died when grown), Sally (who also died after reaching mature years), Thomas (who died at the age of thirty-five), and two children who died in infancy. The mother of these children died in 1857 or 1858. She and her husband were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Andrew C. Hemphill was thirteen years of age when he came to Missouri. He attended school in Tennessee and Missouri for some time, but his educational advantages were limited. At the age of eighteen he began earning his own living by working on a farm for $10 per month, and when twenty-two years old was married to Mary J. Gipron, who was born in Alabama, and by her became the father of nine children, seven of whom are living: Nancy I., Martha I., Melcena, Almina, Levi M., Wesley and Hoys. Nancy and Almina are deceased. The mother died in 1878, and Mr. Hemphill took for his second wife Mary J. Hilton, who was born in West Virginia, and by her is the father of one child, Tabitha. Mr. Hemphill belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the I. O. O. F. and since 1874 has been a resident of his present farm of 145 acres. He served about three years in the Federal army during the late war under Capt. John Moore.

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