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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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Jacob P. Stoll, a prominent resident of Hickory County, Mo., was born in Brognard, Doubs, France, June 10, 1830, his parents, Peter and Catherine (Graber) Stoll, being also natives of Doubs, his birth occurring January 1, 1799, and hers September 27, 1801. They died in Wayne County, Ohio, and Hickory County, Mo., November 9, 1867, and January 1, 1877, respectively. Their marriage took place in France when the father was twenty-four years of age, and they made their home in their native land until 1836, then they came to the United States, and located in Wayne County, Ohio, where they successfully tilled the soil. He was a Democrat, and both were members of the Old Mennonite Church. Mrs. Stoll came with her son Jacob P. to Hickory County, Mo., where she spent her declining years. Her son Christian died in Ohio, and Catharine is the wife of Jacob Stoll and residing in Wayne County, Ohio. Jacob P. received his education in that county, and, when twenty-one years of age, began to fight his own way in the world. In 1848 he took a trip to Lake Erie, visiting Milwaukee, Galena, the western part of Iowa, and thence home via Cincinnati and St. Louis, and in 1852 he went to California via the Isthmus of Panama. After working in the mines there for nearly two years, he returned home, the trip having been a success financially. He made Wayne County his home until 1864, then he made an extensive trip through Kentucky, Missouri, and other States, seeking a location, and, after residing in Allen County, Ind., until 1872, he came to Hickory County, where he owns a fine farm of 500 acres, the original purchase consisting of 320 acres. In 1854, after his return from California, he married Miss Mary Lichty, who was born in Wayne County, Ohio, June 1, 1836, and was a daughter of Peter Lichty. To their union ten children were born, nine now living: Fanny, Peter, Lydia, Katie, Mary, Adam, Louisa, Jacob and Amma. David died when two years of age. Mr. Stoll, wife and four children, are members of the church, the former belonging to the Christian Church, and the rest to the Baptist and Mennonite denominations. Mr. Stoll is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and politically has been a Democrat for many years. He is now engaged in mining both in Hickory and St. Clair Counties, Mo., for silver, lead, kaolin, etc., holding interests in three different mines, one in Hickory, and two in St. Clair County.

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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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