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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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T. J. and E. H. Noland, merchants, of Cross Timbers, Mo., were born in Polk County, Mo., in 1856 and November 6, 1852, respectively, being the sons of Robert G. and Charlotte (Hall) Noland, who were born in Kentucky and Tennessee. The father grew to manhood in the “Blue Grass State,” and at an early day emigrated to Missouri, locating in Polk County, where he entered land and engaged in merchandising, being a member of the firm of Hall, Noland & Co. His father was born in the “Palmetto State,” and, after emigrating to Kentucky at an early day and remaining there for a number of years, he came to Missouri, where he spent the rest of his days. T. J. Noland was the third of his parents’ five children, and was reared to manhood in Polk and adjoining counties, obtaining a good education in the common and graded schools. He was engaged in farming and stock trading until about 1881, when he embarked in his present business. He is one of the original members of the firm of Heath, Noland & Co., and as such continues, their business netting them a good annual income. The Noland Brothers now own the Garden City Flouring Mills, which, through their skill and enterprise, have been changed to full roller process. They also own in two farms 400 acres of land. In 1878 T. J. Noland was married to Miss Sarah E. Nease, who was born in Indiana, and the following are their children: Bertie, Eugene, Vernon V., and Ross. Mr. Noland is a Democrat, and he and wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church. E. H. Noland, of the above firm, remained in his native county until twelve years of age, and, after residing in Illinois with his mother for some time, returned to Missouri and continued to attend school until he acquired a good practical education. Like his brother, he was first engaged in farming and stock trading, and in 1881 became connected with his present business, and is doing well financially. He was first married to Miss Fanny E. Ihrig, by whom he had one daughter, Fanny F. This wife died in 1882, and he took for his second wife Miss Ella Mohease, who has also borne him one child, Verde. He and family are also members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a Democrat.

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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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