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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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Marquis W. Fancher, ex-merchant of Iberia, Mo., was born in Greene County, N. Y., in 1851, his parents being David and Catherine (Hurley) Fancher, who were also natives of York State, born in 1824 and 1829, respectively, the former dying in 1875. They became residents of Missouri in 1858, and the following year located in Miller County, where the father was engaged in farming and merchandising, and served as justice of the peace for two or more terms. Their children are as follows: Mary E. (Lombar), Julia (Brown), Marquis W. and Alice (Moore). Marquis W. was seven years of age when he was brought to Missouri, and he began life for himself as a farm hand at the age of fifteen years. After being engaged in tilling the soil until 1875, he began merchandising on the Osage River, in Miller County, Mo., and there remained until 1879, when he established his store in Iberia. From 1884 until 1886 he followed the same calling in Hancock, Mo., but at the latter date closed out his business there, and has since been engaged in settling up a deceased brother’s estate. He has always been a Republican in politics, and to him and wife, whose maiden name was Lucy A. Cummings, and whom he married in 1879, three children have been born: Edward F., Oron A. and Rosa S. Mrs. Fancher was born in Tuscumbia, Mo., in 1858, and is one of seven surviving members of a family of twelve children born to Daniel and Amanda (Chalace) Cummings, who were natives of Maine and Missouri, respectively. The father moved to Missouri, and was engaged in merchandising. His children are as follows: Martha (Mahan), Eliza (McGee), Edward L., Josiah L., Lucy A. (Fancher), Mariah B. (Golden) and William M.

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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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