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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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John Finney, a prominent tiller of the soil, now living in Equality Township, was born in Jennings County, Ind., June 11, 1849, and is a son of Fieldon and Lillus (Patrick) Finney, the father a native of Kentucky, and of Irish descent. The Finney family emigrated from Ireland at quite an early date, and the paternal grandfather was a resident of Indiana for many years. He died in that State. Fieldon Finney was but a boy when he moved with his parents to Indiana. He was reared on his father’s farm, and was there married to Miss Patrick. He died in 1863 of lung trouble. The mother died in 1886. They were the parents of ten children, six now living: Mary, Jacob, Harriet, John, Douglas and Eliza. John Finney attained his growth and received his education in Indiana, where he remained until 1872. He then moved to Jasper County, Mo., and from there in 1876 to Washington County, Ark., where he bought a farm and remained until 1881, when he came to Miller County, Mo. Here he bought his present farm, and here he has since resided. He now owns 220 acres of land, with about seventy under cultivation. He was married in 1879 to Miss Almeta Reinhart, a native of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Finney are members of the Christian Church, and are much respected and esteemed citizens. Mr. Finney deals in stock to some extent, and is an experienced and intelligent farmer. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel.

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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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