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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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Henry C. Lollar is a native of Kirkwood, St. Louis Co., Mo., where he was born in 1828. He is a son of Archie and Jemima (Brown) Lollar, the former being a native of the “Old North State.” He came to St. Louis County, Mo., with his family, at a very early age, long before railroads were known, and when white faces were rarely seen. He followed the occupation of farming until his death, which occurred in 1881, in Lawrence County, Mo. Henry C. Lollar was educated in the common schools of St. Louis County, and finally finished his education at Oakfield Institute after a one-year’s course. He then taught school for some time in St. Louis and Franklin Counties. At the age of twenty-three he professed religion, and united with the Calvary Baptist Church in Franklin County, by which church he was soon afterward licensed to preach. Owing to failing health he came to Lawrence County in 1852. Here, in 1854, he was ordained to the full work of the Gospel ministry, and continued to preach and teach school until 1865, when he was appointed by Gov. Fletcher clerk of the circuit court of Lawrence County, and his faithful discharge of his official duties and his genial disposition in his official capacity secured his re-election to the office for two succeeding terms. Though an ardent Republican, yet such was his popularity that he was elected to his last term without opposition. He then retired to his farm a few miles from Mount Vernon, but being a true servant of God he continued to preach the Gospel. He is now and has been for a number of years, president of the board of trustees of the Peirce City Baptist College. He was a liberal contributor in building up this institution. It may also be mentioned as an evidence of the esteem in which he is held by his brethren that he has been for eighteen years moderator of the Lawrence County Baptist Association. He is fairly well-to-do in worldly goods. His marriage to Lucy Lanier took place in 1854. She died in 1864, leaving four children: Alice (wife of Lyfus Gaither, of Denver, Colo.), Hattie, Edward B. and Fannie (wife of Marion Wicks). In 1867 Mr. Lollar married Juliet Hunt, of Lawrence County. They now reside at Marionville in said county.

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