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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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J. W. White, M. D., a leading member of the medical fraternity in Hickory County, Mo., and a successful druggist of Cross Timbers, is a native of Dallas County, Mo., and was born on the 1st of December, 1856. He was educated in the common schools and Lewisburg Academy, of his native county, and, from early boyhood, his ambition was to become a physician, and, while still in school, began the study of medicine, continuing to pursue different branches of this science during the four years in which he was engaged in pedagoguing. He then entered a medical college at Cincinnati, Ohio, and was graduated from the institution in 1886 with the degree of M. D., but for three years previous to graduating he practiced medicine with his brother at Cross Timbers. His ambitious hopes in his boyhood days have been fully realized; and he now ranks among the successful physicians of the county. In 1886 Miss Laura Lindsey, who was born in Hickory County, Mo., in 1864, became his wife, and their union has been blessed in the birth of three children: Eugene R., and Minnie and Nonie (twins). Jonah N. White, the Doctor’s father, was born in East Tennessee, and, in 1843, moved to Missouri, and, after residing in Gasconade and Dallas Counties, came to Cross Timbers, where he is now making his home, retired from the active duties of life. His wife’s maiden name was Chloe Ruder, and she was born in St. Louis County, Mo., and died on the 17th of September, 1868. They were the parents of six sons and two daughters.

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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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