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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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E. T. Condley, a successful hardware merchant at Cross Timbers, Mo., is a native of Halifax County, of the “Old Dominion,” where he was born in 1814. Anderson Condley, his father, was also born there, his birth occurring in the year 1792. He remained, engaged in farming, in his native State and county until some sixteen years of age, then emigrating with his father to Giles County, Tenn., where he made his home until his death. His wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Cobb, was born in Halifax County, Va., in 1794, and died in Tennessee on Sunday, followed by Mr. Condley the next Saturday. Of their six children, E. T. Condley was the eldest. He was engaged in farming in Tennessee until sixteen years of age, and was married there to Miss Elizabeth Beck, a native of the State, born in 1823. Their union resulted in the birth of five children: Ann E., wife of V. S. Williams; Calvin M., who died of small-pox when twenty-one years of age, at St. Louis, while serving in the Federal army; Mary, wife of John B. Ihrig; Beverly, who died when four years old; and Martha, wife of E. T. Ray. In 1839 Mr. Condley came to Missouri, and was engaged in blacksmithing in Benton County for about twenty years, and, until 1872, followed both farming and blacksmithing, and, at that date, came to Hickory County, and has since been engaged in his present business in Cross Timbers. He is quite well fixed financially, being the owner of 120 acres of land, besides town property, and is one of the substantial residents of the county. He and family belong to the Christian Church, and he is a Democrat, and is past master in the Masonic fraternity. His paternal grandfather, William Condley, was born in North Carolina, but afterward located in Halifax County, Va., where he was engaged in farming, and resided until his death. The great-grandfather was born in Ireland. The maternal grandfather, Ambrose Cobb, was a farmer, and a native of Halifax County, Va.

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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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