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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dade 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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Fergus C. Snoddy, stock-raiser and farmer, of Rock Prairie Township, was born in Clay County, Ind., in 1847, the son of Josiah and Margaret (Clough) Snoddy, born in Kentucky, in 1801, and Virginia, in 1809, respectively. The parents, in an early day, settled in Clay County, Ind., where the father died in 1848 or 1849; the mother is still living in Greene County, Mo. The subject of this sketch, the youngest of seven children, attended the country schools about nine months, and, when fifteen years of age, joined Company D, One Hundred and Fifteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was for six months in the Army of the Cumberland. After the close of the war he joined Company G, Eighteenth United States Infantry, and served three years on the Western frontier, having been with Gen. Carrington’s expedition against the Sioux Indians, as soldier and teamster, and traveling over Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and nearly all the Rocky Mountain country, experiencing many hardships. Coming to Dade County in 1869, in 1872 he married Martha, daughter of William B. and Nancy Landers, a native of Dade County, where her parents have lived for many years, her father having been in the Federal Army, and having served as justice of the peace for some years. They have six children, four sons and two daughters. He has lived on his farm of 312 acres about nine years. When a young man he learned the harness trade, which he followed for five years, at Dadeville, just before removing to the farm. In politics he is a Republican, is a member of Everton Lodge No. 405, A. F. & A. M., and of Everton Post No. 369, G. A. R. Mrs. Snoddy is a Cumberland Presbyterian. Mr. Snoddy spares no pains to educate his children, and is a successful farmer and stock-raiser.

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This family biography is one of 68 biographies included in The History of Dade County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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