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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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Rev. Daniel Healy, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church, Peirce City, Mo., is a native of Massachusetts. He was born in Dedham, January 10, 1855, and is the son of Daniel and Honora (Hill) Healy, natives of the Emerald Isle, who made a settlement in the old Bay State from Cork, Ireland; reared an intelligent family and gave to their children as good educational advantages as their circumstances would permit. The subject of this sketch in early life manifested a strong inclination for ministerial work in the faith of the Church of Rome, and after completing a good common-school education he bent his energies to the task of completing a regular theological course. He spent two years in private tutelage under the preceptorship of Rev. Father Fitzsimon, of Ashton, R. I. At the age of nineteen Mr. Healy went to Ottawa, Canada, where he spent five years in study at the different colleges of the province of Quebec, and received minor orders from the Bishop of St. Hyacinthe Bishopric. He then returned to his home, and soon after came West, and was ordained to Holy Orders August 5, 1880, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Mo. He spent the intervening years until 1887 in care of different charges until February 19, 1887, when he was appointed to the charge of his present pastorate, which with commendable efficiency he has managed ever since. He came to the pastorate of St. Patrick’s Church under the most trying circumstances, and being harassed by antagonistic influences he has succeeded in a most praiseworthy manner in holding together his congregation in loving unity, and by his manly bearing endearing himself to Christian worshipers of all denominations. He is a cultured gentleman and scholar, a worthy minister, and is regarded with high esteem by all who know him.

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