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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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Dr. James S. Hiatt, druggist and general practitioner, of New Haven, was born in Kentucky, in the year 1830, son of John and Tabitha (Campbell) Hiatt The father was born in Virginia, in 1806, and was of French descent, the name formerly being spelled Hieatt. He was married in 1829, and in 1836 removed to Franklin County, Mo., locating ten miles west of Union, where he spent the remainder of his days, dying in 1875. He was a life-long farmer. The mother was born in Kentucky in about 1800, and died in 1866. Both parents were members of the Baptist Church. James S. remained at home until sixteen years of age, and received a fair education. He then entered as a clerk in a dry goods store, and continued in that capacity for two years, at which time he entered as a partner in a general store, and continued here two years. In 1852 he began the study of medicine under Dr. E. B. Hammack, and in 1854 entered the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, took one course and then began his practice at New Haven, where he remained until 1862, at which time he entered the St. Louis Medical College, and in 1864 took part of another course at the same, but was taken sick and compelled to abandon his studies. He has since made his home at New Haven, with the exception of about five years, when he engaged in farming, having been obliged to abandon his practice on account of illness. At the end of that time he returned to town and again resumed his practice, which he continued until about 1882, since which time he has been engaged in the drug business in connection with a small practice. In 1856 Dr. Hiatt married Miss Lucinda E. Fisher, a native of St. Louis County, Mo., and the daughter of B. and N. Fisher. To this union were born three children, two now living: Dr. Elijah L., a dental surgeon, and John B. The Doctor is a Democrat in politics, a member of the Farmers’ and Mechanics Aid Association, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.

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