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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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David Naffziger, manufacturer of harness, saddles, etc., at Wheatland, Hickory County, Mo., was born in Waterloo County Canada, October 27, 1846, and is the third son of J. S and Josephine Naffziger, natives of France. He, with his parents moved from Canada to Lee County, Iowa, in June, 1851, and came to Hickory County, Mo., in the fall of 1858. David Naffziger received his education in the schools of Hickory County Mo. In 1869 he left his parents, going to Pulaski, Iowa, where he followed farming for a year, after which he returned home and remained a short time. He then went to the Western Territories, and remained about six months, when he again returned home, and, in 1872, went to Colorado and the Western Territories, where he worked in the silver and gold mines for about four years during the time having traveled over a great portion of the West. He was a very successful miner, but spent the money as fast as it came. Later he returned to Wheatland and engaged in the mill business, which he continued until 1883 when he sold his interest in the mill, and engaged in his present business, with his brother as a partner. In 1885 he purchased the entire interest in this business, which he has successfully conducted since. May 2, 1888, he married Miss Lou Goldsmith, a native of Washington County, Iowa, born in 1858, and the daughter of Peter Goldsmith, of Wyoming Territory. To this marriage one son was born February 7, 1889. Mr. and Mrs. Naffziger are members of the Mennonite Church. Mr. Naffziger is a member of the I. O. O. F. order, and is a Republican in politics. He at all times has donated liberally to the cause of education, as well as to all public enterprises, and is a very successful business man, and a much esteemed citizen.

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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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