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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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Joseph H. Hamill, a successful farmer and stock-raiser, of Big River Township, and the only surviving child of Hugh and Mary (Conel) Hamill, was born in Big River Township, Jefferson County, in 1862. His parents were natives of Ireland, and when quite young both came to the United States (his father being twenty years of age, and his mother fourteen),where they were married, in 1861. In about 1847, the father settled in Jefferson County, about fourteen miles northwest of Hillsboro, on Calvey Creek, where he improved a good farm, where he remained until his death in 1863, at the age of forty-three. The mother afterward married Patrick Lyons, of Lexington, Mo., who was drowned in Big River, August 15, 1871, leaving three children: Briggie, Mary and Martin. Joseph H. was educated in the common country schools and also attended two years at a Lexington private school. He has thus far resided on the old home farm which consists of 365 acres, and of which he is the owner. It is well cultivated and well improved, and makes one of the best farms in the county. Mr. Hamill is a Democrat in politics, casting his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland, in 1884. The family are Catholics.

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