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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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John Huskey, farmer, stock-raiser and veterinary surgeon, of Big River Township, was born near Hillsboro, in 1830, and is the fourth of eight sons and five daughters born to John and Nancy (Williams) Huskey, natives of South Carolina, born in 1800 and 1803, respectively. The father was reared on Belew’s Creek at a very early day, and with meager educational advantages. He was married at the age of twenty, and spent the remainder of his life near where his father, John Huskey, had settled on Belew’s Creek, three miles north of Hillsboro, and was engaged in farming and blacksmithing. He was one of the county’s most enterprising and successful citizens, and at the time of his death which occurred June 29, 1876, was the owner of 1,300 acres of land. The mother was brought to Jefferson County by her father, Peter Williams, when but two or three years of age. Her father was a native of South Carolina, and after coming to Jefferson County, settled on Sandy Creek, two or three miles northeast of Hillsboro. Her mother was of Irish descent and a lady of culture and considerable intelligence. John Huskey was reared at home, and attended the subscription schools of his county. He was married March 13, 1853, to Miss Clara, daughter of Mark and Artemesi Weidman, formerly of South Carolina, but early settlers of Big River Township, where Mrs. Huskey was born. Thirteen children were born to Mr. Huskey and wife, nine of whom are living: James M., Catherine (wife of Joseph Wilson), Missouri J. (wife of Ed. Henson), Lucinda (wife of J. Paton), Clara E., Mary, George S., Verna Ann and Frank. Immediately after marriage Mr. Huskey located on Big River, where his father gave him a farm situated seven miles west of Hillsboro. Here he has 300 acres of choice bottom land, making one of the best farms in the county. For over thirty years he has successfully practiced veterinary surgery, and treated the various diseases of horses, etc. He is a life-long Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Pierce, in 1852. He was a stanch Union man during the war, but was exempt from service on account of disability.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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