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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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George W. Pike, foreman of the Corn Cob Pipe Factory of Washington, is a native of Hampshire, England, born in 1856, and is the son of George and Mary (Fisher) Pike. The father was a native of England, born in 1811, and was a whole sale merchant by trade. He died in 1876. The mother was born in 1813, and died in 1877. Of their family of nine children only one is now living, George W., who was the seventh child. He was educated in Winchester and attended school until seventeen years of age. He then commenced book-keeping for Marine engineers, and worked four and a half years. In 1878 he went to London and hired as book-keeper in a newspaper office. In 1882 he left his native country and immigrated to the United States. Here he worked in New York City for three months, at the end of which time he came to St. Louis, and from there to Washington, where he hired as foreman of the finishing department in the Cob Pipe Factory. He remained in this position until January, 1885, when he was given charge of the office, and held that position for seven months. In August, 1885, he and Fritz Kruel became foremen of the entire factory, as contractors, and have ever since occupied that position. October, 1884, Mr. Pike married Miss Mary Frances Gregory, daughter of John Thomas Gregory. Mrs. Pike is a native of Franklin County, Mo. To this marriage were born two children: John and Mary Aenes. In politics, Mr. Pike is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, of which he is trustee and recording steward.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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