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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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Dr. H. H. Brockman, physician and surgeon at Pleasant Mount, Mo., and a native of Miller County, was born in 1850, and is a son of Simms and Rachel (Garlin) Brockman, whose native birth-places were Kentucky and Missouri, respectively. They were married in Miller County, Mo., and settled near Tuscumbia, on the Osage River, afterward moving to near Pleasant Mount, Mo., where they improved a good farm, and where the father died in 1856, followed by his excellent wife in 1869. Dr. H. H. Brockman’s younger days were spent on his father’s farm, and in attending the district schools of Saline Township, and afterward the school at Spring Garden, Mo. After finishing his school days he engaged in teaching school in Cole, Moniteau and Miller Counties. He studied medicine under Dr. J. A. Steven, and located at Taos, where he began the practice of his profession in 1875, remaining there until 1876, at which time he located at Pleasant Mount. He graduated from the American Medical College at St. Louis in 1877, and continued the practice of medicine and surgery at Pleasant Mount until 1887, when he entered the Medical Institute at Cincinnati, and graduated therefrom in 1888. He was then offered a professorship in the American Medical College, St. Louis, but declined, and returned to Pleasant Mount, where he resumed the practice of his profession. He was married in Miller County, in 1873, to Miss Mahala Walker, who has borne him seven children: Ella, Laura, Louise, Willie and Ethel, living; those deceased are Lena, who died February 16, 1887, aged thirteen years, and an infant. He was United States Examining Surgeon for four years. Mr. Brockman is a Republican in politics, a member of the A. F. & A. M., Pleasant Mount Lodge No. 134, and he and his wife are members of the Christian Church. His paternal grandfather and grandmother were born in Virginia, immigrating to Kentucky, and then to Missouri in early days. His maternal grandfather was born in Tennessee, and his wife in Maryland. They immigrated to Virginia, where they were married, coming thence to Missouri. Mrs. Brockman was born in Miller County, Mo., and is the daughter of John J. and Eliza (McKinney) Walker, who were Kentuckians, and immigrated first to Illinois, and then to Miller County, Mo., in 1842, where they are now living, engaged in farming.

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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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