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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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Levi Hartman, farmer and stockman of Hickory County, Mo., was born in East Tennessee on the 16th of September, 1816, and is a son of Joseph and Jennie (Walker) Hartman, and grandson of Joseph Hartman. The latter and wife were residents of Maryland, and emigrated to Tennessee, where they spent the remainder of their lives, and were buried on their farm. Joseph Hartman, the father of Levi, was born and reared in Tennessee, the former event occurring in 1765, and his death in 1830. The maternal grandfather was born and spent his life in Tennessee. He was of Scotch extraction, while the Hartmans were Dutch. Levi Hartman grew to manhood in Washington County, Tenn., and in 1846 went to Iowa, where he was married, October 27, to Miss Mary J. Rouse, who was born in Indiana, February 19, 1828, and the result of their union has been five children, all of whom are living and have reached mature years: John D.; Joseph, who is collector of Hickory County; Martha E., wife of Henry L. Pitts; Eliza J., wife of George Lindsey; and Maggie, wife of Edward Murray. In 1867 Mr. Hartman came to Hickory County, Mo., of which he has been a resident ever since, and is the owner of 300 acres of excellent land. He is a Democrat politically. His wife is a daughter of David and Eliza (Manson) Rouse, who were born in Kentucky, May 21, 1803, and April 7, 1808, respectively. They were married in their native State, and afterward moved to Indiana, later to Iowa, and next became residents of Kansas, where the father died September 14, 1870. They were the parents of eight girls and two boys. The mother is still living.

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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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