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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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Frederick Kirby, another prominent agriculturist of Morgan Township, was born in Dade County, Mo., September 16, 1848, and is the son of Tully C. and Nancy (Hernington) Kirby. Mr. Kirby was born in Kentucky in 1802, and was of English-Welsh descent. He was a farmer by occupation, and emigrated from his native State to what is now Dade County, Mo., in 1837. He was one of the first settlers, locating in the county before the village of Dadeville was laid out for a town. His wife was born in Kentucky in 1805, and they were married in that State. Their family consisted of eleven children, five now living, four in Dade County, and one in Cedar County. Both parents are living, and make their home with their son, Frederick Kirby, who is the youngest member of the family. He received his education in the county schools of Dade County, and in 1864 he enlisted in Company A, Sixteenth Missouri Cavalry, served about ten months, and partly lost his eyesight during service. March 7, 1882, he married Miss Lauraetta Walker, who was born in Ohio in 1863, and who is the daughter of Amos J. and Martha Walker. Mr. and Mrs. Walker came to Dade County, Mo., from Illinois in 1878, and both are living. After marriage Frederick Kirby located on the old homestead where he was born, resided there one year, and then moved to Dadeville, where he now resides. The homestead contains 300 acres of land, but has since been divided among the children. Four children, three sons and one daughter, were the result of his marriage. He is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the Baptist Church.

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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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