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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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H. S. Burlingame, a prosperous farmer of Miller County, Mo., was born in Morgan County, Ohio, in 1829, and is the fourth of eleven children born to Asa and Sarah (Severance) Burlingame, who were born in Rhode Island and New Hampshire, respectively, and were married in Ohio, whither they had come at an early day. In 1847 they immigrated to Cole County, Mo., and settled near Russellville, where they entered land on which they located the following year. They died March 6, 1864, and in September, 1859, respectively. The former was justice of the peace at the time of his death. H. S. Burlingame (our subject) received the most of his education in Ohio, but afterward attended several terms of school in Cole County, Mo. In 1854 he took the overland trip to California, being four months on the road, and was there engaged in mining and farm labor until 1860, when he returned home via New York City, the return trip being accomplished in twenty-four days. During the war he served in the Enrolled Militia. In l864 he was married, in Moniteau County, to Miss Susan M., a daughter of William and Susan (Nelson) Elliot, all of whom were born in Kentucky. About 1850 the parents immigrated to Moniteau County, Mo., and here Mr. Elliot has since been engaged in farming. His wife died in 1883. Mr. Burlingame resided in Osage Township until 1866, then purchased a farm in the vicinity of Pleasant Mount, which he sold in 1868, and purchased his present farm of 200 acres. He has 160 acres cleared, and has a good frame residence and barn. He raises some stock. He is a Republican, and has served as county surveyor for twelve years and two years as deputy surveyor, and during these terms of office has surveyed nearly all the roads in the county. He has also been county commissioner of schools three years, and has held other offices of public trust. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., Pleasant Mount Lodge. No. 134, and has served as W. M. two terms. He is a member of the Versailles Chapter, No. 72. To him and wife, who died in August, 1873, were born six children: Susan (Mrs. Ralls), who resides at Olean; Eliza, who is teaching school near Hutchinson, Kan.; Walter Scott, Anna, and two deceased. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Mr. Burlingame is recording steward and class leader. He has always been deeply interested in church matters, and contributes liberally to all church enterprises.

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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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