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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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Henry C. Brookshire, M. D., a native of Hickory County, Mo., and one of its eminent physicians, was born on the 12th of March, 1848, and was educated in Boonville College, at Boonville, Mo. In 1872 he began the study of medicine under Dr. J. D. Gunn, in Pettis County, and in 1874 and 1876 he attended lectures in the Medical College of Keokuk, Iowa, from which he graduated in the latter year. In 1874 he located at Hermitage, but after a short period he came to Wheatland, where he has since made his home, and where he has won an enviable reputation as a physician. In 1884-86 he was located at what is now known as Odin, but with this exception he has made his home in Wheatland since 1874. September 5, 1868, he was married to Miss Mildred M. Woolery, a daughter of Andrew Woolery. She was born in Cooper County, Mo., in 1850, and died in Barry County, Mo., May 16, 1886, having borne a family of four children; Rosa L., wife of John Montgomery; Joseph A., Charles C. and William H. Mrs. Brookshire was a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church. March 8, 1887, Dr. Brookshire wedded Miss Mollie Dodson, of Greene County, Mo., by whom he has one son. He and wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and in his political views he is a Democrat. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for a number of years. His parents, William L. and Sarah (Varnell) Brookshire, were born in Virginia and Tennessee, respectively, and both died in Missouri, he in March, 1862, when sixty-six years of age; and she, in October, 1886, at the age of eighty-four years. They were married in East Tennessee, and there continued to make their home until 1829, when they located in Cole County near Jefferson City, and in 1841 came to Hickory County. After the father’s death the family moved to Cooper County, but after the war the mother gave up housekeeping and began making her home with her children, continuing so to do until her death. She was a lifelong and consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church. The father was a wagon-maker by trade, and followed this occupation in connection with farming all his life. He was a Democrat politically, and, during the War of 1812, enlisted in the service, but did not see much fighting. His father, William L. Brookshire, was a son of Joseph Brookshire, of Virginia. He and his wife had ten children: Houston, Joseph, William, Monimo, Arrisa, DeKalb, and one not named (all now deceased). The three youngest, yet living, are Susan V., J. F. and the subject of this sketch.

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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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