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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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I. W. Hill, a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Boles Township, was born in Henry County, Tenn., in 1844, and is the fifth of the nine children of Spencer and Elizabeth (Simpson) Hill, natives of Tennessee, at present residents of Dallas County, Mo., aged, respectively, seventy-four and seventy-three years, of English descent. Spencer Hill, the fifth of fifteen children, has been a successful farmer all his life. His parents were William and Mary Hill, nee Phillips. Mrs. Hill is a daughter of Isaiah Simpson. I. W. Hill was reared on the farm, receiving his education in the common schools of his native county and Dallas County, Mo., whither he moved with his parents about 1855. When seventeen years of age he enlisted in Col. Snavel’s regiment, Confederate States army, serving in several different regiments until July 4, 1864, when he was taken prisoner at the fall of Vicksburg, being paroled shortly afterward, when he returned home. In October, 1868, Mr. Hill came to Franklin County, where he has since resided, and is the owner of 281 acres of well-improved land. In January, 1864, he married Miss Lecta Elizabeth Bryant, who died December 9, 1865, leaving one child, Spencer L., also deceased. In 1866 Mr. Hill married Ellen J. Moore, a native of Monroe County, Ill., who became the mother of five children: Thomas F., James, William, Clara Bell and Mary Elizabeth, the latter dying in infancy. Mrs. Hill died in August, 1874, and Mr. Hill next married Mrs. Sarah F. May, nee Hundley. Two children blessed this union, Eugene H. and Lellia Agnes, whose mother died July 23, 1880. February 6, 1884, our subject was united in marriage with Sallie E. Watson, a native of Franklin County, who has borne him one child, Roscoe W. Mrs. Hill is a member of the Presbyterian Church, while Mr. Hill affiliates with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Hill is a Democrat, a Master Mason, and a member of the A. O. U. W.

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