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Below is a family biography included in The History of Hickory 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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Judge Benjamin L. Mallonee, presiding judge of Hickory County, Mo., deserves honorable mention as one of the public-spirited and enterprising citizens of the county, and it is but fair to say that his good name has remained unsullied, and that he has won the confidence and respect of all who know him. He was born in Baltimore, Md., January 20, 1848, and is the youngest of three surviving members of a family of seven children born to John A. and Rachel (Lym) Mallonee, who were born near Annapolis and in Baltimore, Md., in 1790 and 1814, and died in Baltimore in 1860 and 1862, respectively. The grandfather, John Mallonee, was a member of the Continental army in the Revolutionary War, and died in Maryland, at the advanced age of ninety-eight years. John A. Mallonee served in the War of 1812. When starting out in life for himself, he left the farm and went to Baltimore, where he finally became a merchant, but, failing in business, he became a bookkeeper, which occupation he followed until his death. Benjamin L. Mallonee received an excellent education in the schools of Baltimore, and, when nineteen years of age, concluded he would seek his fortune in the West, and accordingly came to Missouri, and located in Hickory County, and was engaged in merchandising in Pittsburg until 1872, at which date he sold out and turned his attention to farming, and dealing in and raising stock. His enterprises have been attended with good success, and he is considered one of the prosperous residents of the county. In 1874 he went to Texas County, and while there was appointed constable, serving over a year. From 1882 till 1886, he served as justice of the peace, and was then elected associate judge of the Eastern district, and in the following election he was elected presiding judge, and has faithfully filled the duties of this position up to the present time. On the 11th of October, 1869, he was married to Lucy K. Kendall, a daughter of Edward J. Kendall. She was born in Morgan County, Ill., August 12, 1850, and she and Mr. Mallonee are the parents of five children: Leonard, Harriet Frances, Lucretia, Rachel and Victorine. Clara T. died when five years of age.

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This family biography is one of 53 biographies included in The History of Hickory County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Hickory County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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