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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 Van Hooser. Among all classes and in every community there are those who excel in whatever they undertake, whether of a professional, commercial or agricultural nature, and such a man is Mr. Van Hooser, who, although commencing life as a poor boy, has now a good farm and a comfortable home. He was born in Jim Henry Township, Miller Co., Mo., in 1849, and is the younger of two children born to Bluford and Deborah (Jenkins) Van Hooser. The parents were natives of Kentucky, and the father came to Miller County about 1838, settling in Saline Township, entered land, but later moved to Jim Henry Township, where he died in 1858. John Van Hooser was reared to farm life, and received his education in the public schools of Moniteau and Miller Counties. He commenced business for himself in Moniteau County at the age of nineteen years, by engaging in agricultural pursuits. In February, 1874, he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Russell, a native of Miller County, Mo., and the daughter of Buckner and Martha (Clark) Russell, natives of Missouri and Illinois, respectively. After marriage Mr. Van Hooser settled in Saline Township, purchased land, but later sold it, and in March, 1880, purchased 160 acres in the timber. This he commenced immediately to improve, and in 1885 erected a good frame residence, put out 100 apple trees, besides small fruit, and at the same time added to his land until he is now the owner of 290 acres of good arable land, with 125 under cultivation. He raises considerable stock, and this year shipped a car-load of cattle and two car-loads of hogs, all of good grade. Mr. Van Hooser is not very active in politics, but votes with the Democratic party. He has been a member of the school board, and takes an active interest in all matters relating to education. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel. To Mr. and Mrs. Van Hooser have been born four children: Hiram Buckner, Martha Leona, Nancy Meek and Debby Jane. Mr. and Mrs. Van Hooser are members of the Christian Church at Olean. Henry Van Hooser, a brother of our subject, is now residing in Cole County, Mo.

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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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