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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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Peter J. Erickson, an enterprising resident of Stark Township, Hickory County, Mo., was born in Sweden, July 22, 1834, and is a son of Erick Lawson and Mary (Anderson) Erickson, who were born in Sweden in 1803 and 1805, and died August 22, 1888, at the age of 83 years, and in 1834, respectively. They were members of the Lutheran Church, and were farmers by occupation. Peter J. Erickson is the second of their nine children (six now living), and received his early education in his native land. He served one year in the Swedish army, and remained with his parents until thirty years of age, and then engaged in farming for himself, and in 1873 emigrated to the United States, and located in Hickory County, Mo., where he has, by economy, industry and good management, become the owner of 240 acres of good land, 150 of which is under cultivation and well improved. February 13, 1875, he married Ellen Lindell, a daughter of Nelson Lindell. She was born in Sweden, November 9, 1843, and is the mother of four children: Anna, Charles, William and Ida. Mr. and Mrs. Erickson are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and he is a Republican in his political views.

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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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