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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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William Hanvy, farmer and stock-raiser of Big River Township, Jefferson Co., Mo., was born there in 1827, and is the son of James and Margaret (Herrington) Hanvy. The former was born in South Carolina, about 1790, and at the age of twenty-nine or thirty came to Jefferson County, where he was married about 1824. He then entered a tract of land in Big River Township, ten miles northwest of Hillsboro, where he improved a good farm, and where he made his future home. He died in 1873. He was a life-long farmer, one of the early settlers of Jones Creek, and served five years in the Seminole and other Indian wars. The mother was born in Central Township, in 1804, and is still living. Her parents were Isaac and Sallie Herrington, who were among the very earliest settlers of Jefferson County, to which place they both came when young. William grew to manhood with little or no educational advantages. He was married in 1863 to Miss Nancy Davis, daughter of Joshua and Eliza Davis, a native of Jefferson County, as were her parents. The following ten children were born to Mr. Hanvy’s marriage: Eliza; Margaret, wife of John Lefter; Viola, Vianna, Amanda, James, William, Lawson, Bertha and Martha. Mr. Hanvy has spent his entire life on the farm on which his father settled over sixty years ago, and now owns over 500 acres of land. He is a Democrat in politics, and one of the foremost farmers of the county.

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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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