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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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Edward B. Huffman. Among the prosperous farmers and stockmen of Hickory County, Mo., worthy of mention, is Mr. Huffman, who was born in Hardy County, Va., in 1834. His grandfather was a Pennsylvania Dutchman, but afterward located in Virginia. He served in the Revolutionary War under Washington, and was present at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered. He lived to the extreme old age of ninety-six years, and died on the North River, in Virginia. His son, L. Huffman, the father of our subject, was born in Hardy County, Va., in 1803, and there grew to manhood and married Miss Anna Burch, who was also born in that State, her birth occurring in 1802. November 10, 1842, he emigrated to Benton County, Mo., being among the pioneer settlers of the county, and there spent the rest of his days, dying in March, 1864. His wife had died in Virginia, in 1834, having borne a family of four children, of whom our subject is the youngest. He was eight years of age when he came with his father to Missouri, and has seen much of the growth and prosperity of the State. From early boyhood he has been familiar with farm life, and is now the owner of a fine farm of 230 acres, which is under cultivation and well improved, on which he located in 1882, having previously been a resident of Benton County. He served in the Volunteer Cavalry of the Missouri State Militia during the late war, and received his discharge at St. Louis, at the end of two years, July 19, 1865. He is a Democrat in his political views, and cast his first presidential vote for Stephen A. Douglas. In 1859 he was married to Miss Jane Johnston, who was born in Benton County, Mo., in 1838, and died August 5, 1872, having borne the following family: Mary A., wife of John Wicklyfe; Nancy, wife of Richard Barnett; Clara B., who died at the age of thirteen years; John A., who died when ten months old; Charley E., Ella J. and Becca J. July 5, 1874, Mr. Huffman married Martha J. Barnett, who was born December 28, 1856. Their children are: Anna, who died when ten months old; Willie, James Walter, Elbert G., Minnie and Laura. The family belong to the Christian Church, and Mr. Huffman is a Mason.

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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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