My Genealogy Hound

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.

* * * *

William H. Farrar, M. D., of De Soto, is a native of Arcadia, Iron Co., Mo., and was born in 1856. His father, Dr. George Farrar, is of Scotch descent, and was born in Perry County, Mo., in 1830; he is also a physician by profession, and is a graduate of Pope Medical College, of St. Louis. The latter moved to Iron County in 1854, and two years later entered upon the active practice of medicine, where he has since continued as one of the influential and prominent physicians of Iron County. He married Harriet P. Russell, who was born in Somers, Conn., in 1833, and is a daughter of Cyrus S. Russell, who was a colonel in the Revolutionary War. To this union nine children were born, William H. being the third. He received his literary education in Arcadia College, and at the age of seventeen began the study of medicine under the preceptorship of his father. In 1872 he entered St. Louis Medical College, from which institution he graduated in March, 1874. In 1876 he located at Valle’s Mines, Jefferson County, and engaged in practice for two years, at the expiration of which time he came to De Soto, where he has since been located. In the latter place he bought a drug store, which he successfully conducts in connection with his large and lucrative practice. He enjoys the most extensive practice of any physician of Jefferson County, and with one exception is the oldest resident practitioner of De Soto. In December, 1877, he married Miss Maggie A. Cole, who was born in Jefferson County, Mo., in 1858. They have one child Gertrude May. The Doctor is a democrat, politically, and a member of the A. O. U. W.

* * * *

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

To view additional Jefferson County, Missouri family biographies, click here

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.