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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin 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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Charles F. Goodrich, M. D., physician and surgeon, is a native of Steuben County, N. Y., born in 1836, and is the son of Allen and Charity (Schutt) Goodrich. The father was born in Saratoga County, N. Y., in 1799. He was a descendant of the well-known and distinguished family of Goodriches who figured so prominently in the early settlement of Connecticut. He was married about 1822, and in 1867 came to Franklin County, where he died in 1873. He was a farmer by occupation. The mother is still living, and is seventy-nine years of age; she is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was also her husband. Our subject was reared under the parental roof, and obtained a common-school education. In 1857 he went to Wisconsin, but came to New Haven, Mo., the following year, and in 1860 began studying medicine under Drs. Hiatt and Gilbert. During the winter of 1861 and 1862 he attended the St. Louis Medical College, took one course, and then enlisted in the Ninth Cavalry, United States Militia, and served a short time as hospital steward. The remainder of the time he acted as assistant surgeon, and as such remained until the close of the war. He then resumed his collegiate course, graduating in 1866, after which he immediately entered upon the practice of his profession at New Haven, and has there continued since. He served one term as coroner of Franklin County, and is a successful and skillful physician. March, 1872, he married Miss Anna H., daughter of James and Nancy Arrott, and to this union were born seven children, six now living: Ada, Charles F. Jr., Stephen M., Hattie B., Lizzie and Emma. In connection with his practice the Doctor carries on his large farm, which consists of over 200 acres, and he also has several other tracts. He is a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for Stephen A. Douglas, in 1860. He is a member and examining physician of the A. O. U. W., also a member and surgeon of the G. A. R. Post. Mrs. Goodrich is a member of the Episcopal Church.

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