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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede 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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Isaac Hoskinson, president of the Lebanon Woolen Manufacturing, and son of Isaac, Sr., and Fannie (Thrapp) Hoskinson, was born in Wabash County, Mount Carmel, Ill., February 23, 1829. The parents were natives of Virginia, and Newark, Ohio, respectively. The Hoskinson family were of Scotch origin, and were early settlers of Virginia. Isaac Hoskinson, Sr., immigrated to Lincoln County, Ohio, at quite an early date, and here he married Miss Thrapp. In 1821 he moved to Wabash County, Ill., and here resided until his death, which occurred in the spring of 1830. He was a wheel-wright by trade, and followed the same all his life. The mother died at Mount Carmel in 1864. They were the parents of six children, two now living: Gamaliel, who resides in Boulder, Col., and Isaac, Jr. The latter was brought up in Mount Carmel, where he was educated. He engaged in merchandising at the age of thirteen years, and in 1854 he went to Graysville, Ill., where he was engaged in merchandising until 1856. He then went to Clay County, Ill., and here remained until 1865, when he went to Rolla, Mo. In 1869 he left Rolla and came to Lebanon, where he engaged in merchandising with Hugh McCoin, under the firm title of Hoskinson & McCoin, until 1878. Previous to this, in 1877, the woolen mill was erected, and in this Mr. Hoskinson became a stockholder, and has been its president since its erection. He is also engaged in the real estate business quite extensively, in buying and selling land, both wild and improved. He is interested in about 7,000 acres of land in Laclede County, of which the most is in a wild state. Mr. Hoskinson was elected probate judge of Laclede County in 1872, serving four years; has held several minor offices, and takes a great interest in religious and educational matters. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery. He was married, in 1854, to Miss Jane M. Lutes, a native of York, Penn., and to them was born one child, Myrtle, wife of James T. Moore, representative of Laclede County.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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