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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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G. W. Lindsey, sheriff of Hickory County, Mo., was born on the 10th of September, 1849. His father, James Lindsey, was born on Kentucky soil in 1818, and removed to Illinois with his parents when a boy, where he grew to manhood. He was one of the pioneers of Hickory County, and was here married to Miss Cynthia Jones, who was born in Tennessee in 1820. They are still living, and their union was blessed in the birth of eight children, G. W. Lindsey being the fourth in order of birth. The paternal great-grandfather was an Englishman who came to America and helped to free the colonists from the mother country, serving under George Washington. His son, the grandfather of our subject, was born in the “Palmetto State,” and resided successively in Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri. The maternal grandfather was a Tennesseean. G. W. Lindsey grew to manhood in Hickory County, and supplemented his common school education by an attendance in graded schools for two years, after which he engaged in teaching in Hickory and adjoining counties, continuing this occupation for a number of years. May 6, 1877, he was married to Miss E. J. Hartman, by whom he has three children: Myrtle E., Inez Iola and Grace H. Mr. Lindsey was engaged in merchandising for a number of years, but in 1880 discontinued this work to engage in agricultural pursuits, in which he has been quite successful, being the owner of a good farm of 320 acres. He is a Republican in politics, and was elected on that ticket as sheriff of Hickory County, which position he is now filling. He is a Master 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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