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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller 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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Alpheus Pitchford was born in Barren County, Ky., in 1838, being the third child born to Fleming and Susan (Russell) Pitchford, a short notice of whom is given in the sketch of John J. Pitchford. Alpheus Pitchford was educated in the subscription schools of Kentucky, and at the age of twenty-three years began doing for himself, working in the Decatur Flouring Mills, and after a time entered the employ of Mr. Goodman, with whom he remained twelve or thirteen years. In 1861 he was married in Cole County to Mary Shikle, by whom he has a family of three children: Matilda Jane (Mrs. Farris), Benjamin Andrew, who is in the grocery business in Olean, and John William. Mr. Pitchford has improved farms in Cole, Moniteau and Miller Counties, and now owns a fine 120-acre farm, with ninety acres under cultivation. He erected a substantial residence in 1888, and has done fully his share in the development of the county. He is a member of the Democratic party, and during the Rebellion was a member of the Enrolled Militia, and was stationed on garrison duty at Jefferson City. Mrs. Pitchford’s parents, Samuel and Anna (Centers) Shikle, were born in Allen County, Ky., and the father was a millwright by occupation. They came to Missouri in 1840, and opened a farm in Cole County, and here Mr. Shikle assisted in building all the mills in the county. He died in, 1878, but his widow still survives him, and resides on the old homestead in Cole County.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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