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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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J. D. Hite. Prominent among the successful agriculturalists of Miller County, Mo., stands the name of the above mentioned gentleman, who was born in Kentucky in 1833, and is the third in a family of six children born to Edward S. and Mary (Butler) Hite, both of whom were natives of Virginia, but came to Kentucky at an early date. From that State they moved to Missouri in 1853 and settled near what is now Olean, Miller County. They bought and entered 240 acres of partially improved land, where the father died about 1859. The mother lived until 1883. J. D. Hite was reared to farm life and after the death of his father, managed the farm. In 1868 he married Miss Eliza Jane Norfleet, a native of Cole County, Mo., and the daughter of Abram Norfleet, who was a Methodist preacher, following his ministerial duties in Miller County for a long time. After his marriage the subject of this sketch moved to Moniteau County, and purchased a farm near High Point, on which he built a house and made it his home for eight years. He then sold out and moved to Miller County, where he bought a farm of 122 acres near his father’s old home. He has nearly the whole tract under cultivation, is also engaged in raising stock and has been quite successful. Several years ago lead was discovered on Mr. Hite’s farm, but the vein has remained unopened up to the present. He is somewhat active in politics and always casts his vote with the Republican party. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel at Sand Hill; and the family are members of the Methodist Church. The fruits of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Hite were four children: John William (deceased), James Monroe, Mary Ann and Louis S.

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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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