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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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Judge Moses N. Neihardt, probate judge of Hickory County, Mo., was born in Williams County, Ohio, on the 21st of January, 1847, his parents being Jacob and Anna M. (Frock) Neihardt. The father was born in Center County, Penn,, December 7, 1795, and was of German ancestry, and the mother was born in Maryland December 11, 1807, and was of German and English ancestry. The father died in Williams County, Ohio, in March, 1871, but the mother is still living, and resides in that county with her children. He was a successful farmer throughout life. At twelve years of age he removed to Holmes County, Ohio, and, in 1832 to Williams County, same State. In 1829 he was commissioned lieutenant of a company to protect the frontier from Indian depredations. In his political views he was a Democrat until 1855, when he became a Republican, which he remained until his death. He and wife became the parents of eleven children, seven of whom are living at the present time. Moses N. Neihardt was next to the youngest in the family, and received his education in the Northeast Indiana Institute, at Orland, Ind. In June, 1863, he enlisted in Company E, Eighty-sixth Ohio Infantry, and served until October 28 of the same year, when he began devoting his attention to school teaching during the winter seasons and attending school during the summer months, and, after coming to Hickory County, Mo., in 1866, he continued the occupation of teaching for four years. He then returned to Orland, Ind., and learned photography, at which he worked for a number of years during the summer. In 1870 he came to Hermitage and formed a partnership with Amos S. Smith in the real estate business, and, at the same time, studied law, being employed, in 1872, in the county and circuit court clerk’s office. In 1874 he was elected county and circuit court clerk, and was a faithful and efficient incumbent of that office for eight years. He then turned his attention to farming, and served as deputy assessor and deputy clerk. In 1886 he was elected probate judge of Hickory County. In 1871 he was admitted to the bar, but has never practiced his profession. He is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the G. A. R. He also belongs to the Masonic fraternity and the I. O. O. F. March 26, 1873, he was married to Miss Mary S. Pack, a daughter of J. R. and Rachel Pack, of Hickory County, by whom he has three children: Otto K., Ada and Melbern M.

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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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