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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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Henry Holloway, a prominent and enterprising farmer of Saline Township, Miller County, Mo., near Eldon, was born in Kentucky July 30, 1820, and is the youngest in a family of nine children born to the union of Robert and Martha (White) Holloway. The parents were both natives of Virginia, and immigrated to Kentucky at an early date. A number of years later they moved to Lincoln County, Mo., where they purchased and entered 240 acres of land. Here the father lived, until his death, in 1861. Henry Holloway assisted his father in the arduous duties of the farm and received but limited educational advantages. At the age of twenty-two he began working for himself, and August 18, 1845, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Findley, a native of Missouri and the daughter of Thomas and Sarah W. (Hayes) Findley, both natives of Kentucky. The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Holloway was a native of South Carolina, but went to North Carolina at an early date. He was a Presbyterian minister of note in Kentucky, and about 1827 came to Missouri, purchased land near Bowling Green, and here continued his ministerial duties up to a few years proceeding his death. John Findley, an uncle of Mrs. Holloway, was killed by Indians near St. Paul, Minn. Another uncle contracted yellow fever at New Orleans, returned to Kentucky and died there. After marriage Mr. Holloway purchased a farm in Lincoln County and remained there nineteen years. In December, 1864, he moved to Miller County, settling near what is now the village of Olean, and stopped there four years. He then purchased a farm nearer the town, where he stayed two years, and afterwards moved to Hickory County, where he remained until 1872. He then purchased property near Mt. Pleasant, was located there for two years, then after a short time he exchanged his property there for his present farm. In connection with his farming interests he is also engaged in stock raising, and makes a success of the same. To his marriage to Miss Findley were born four living children—Milton H., who married Miss Mollie Adrock, of Saline Township; Mary E.; Sarah W., wife of W. W. Granstaff, of Saline Township, and Parmelia, wife of A. Dooley. Martha W. and Sarah C. are both deceased.

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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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