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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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D. B. Loy, hardware merchant and contractor and builder at Aurora, Mo., was born in Kosciusko County, Ind., Oct. 8, 1860, being a son of Henry and Barbara (Harkins) Loy, both of whom were born in Preble County, Ohio. The father was a farmer by occupation, and is now living in Elkhart, Ind. D. B. Loy was reared in his native county, and when twelve years of age moved with his parents to Elkhart County, Ind., where he lived on a farm until twenty-one years of age, receiving a liberal education. He learned the carpenter’s trade, at which he worked in Elkhart until 1883, when he came to Aurora, but after remaining here about six months went to Kansas, where he worked at his trade six months longer. He then returned to Aurora, but a short time after again returned to Kansas. After residing there for some time he located in Springfield, Mo., where he worked one summer, and in 1886 located permanently in Aurora, and was engaged in contracting and building. In 1887 he purchased the hardware store that he now owns, which business he has conducted successfully up to the present time. In February, 1887, he was married to Effie Elliott a daughter of Rev. S. G. Elliott, and he and wife are members of the Congregational Church. Mr. Loy is an intelligent and enterprising young man, and is possessed of excellent business qualifications. He is interested in mining, and owns some mineral land which promises to become very valuable. His brother, S. E. Loy, is a member of the mercantile firm of Wilson & Loy, of Aurora, and was also born in Kosciusko County, Ind., his birth occurring October 4, 1865. His brothers and sisters are as follows: Elizabeth, Roxanna, Mollie, Daniel B. William H., Thomas H. and Wilbur A.

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