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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 G. Bliss, of Hickory County, Mo., is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Guth) Bliss, natives of Lorraine, France, born in 1808 and 1812, respectively. Previous to their marriage the father served seven years in the French army, and, after that event, was engaged in farming until his removal to America, about 1853. He located in Cleveland County, Ohio, and, after tilling the soil there for a short period, he came to Missouri, and resided first in Maries County, and then in Hickory County, where he died in 1870, having been an earnest member of the Lutheran Church for many years. The mother is still living, and resides with her son Henry G., who is the elder of her two children, being born in Lorraine, France, in 1839. He spent his early life with his father until the year 1866, when he came to Hickory County, Mo., and has resided here since. He was married to Miss Lavina M. Marsh, who was born in Dallas County, Mo., in 1850. They have nine children: George, Sophia, Fannie, Nellie, Linnie, Maud, Charles, Florence and Roscoe. Mr. Bliss is one of the wealthy farmers of the county, and is now the owner of 580 acres of land, and is erecting on his farm a handsome dwelling house. He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Agricultural Wheel. The paternal grandfather, David Bliss, spent his life in Lorraine, France.

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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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