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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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B. H. Bonfoey was born in Marshall, Harrison Co., Tex., November 23, 1854, and lived in his native county until thirteen years of age. After the death of his parents, in 1866, he went to live with relatives in Connecticut. He soon attended the Worchester Polytechnic School one year, and afterward attended the Hopkins School, and, after his graduation from that institute, attended the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale, one year. In 1873 he came west, and engaged in several employments for a number of years, including civil engineering for the Edwards Bros.’ Atlas Co. In 1879 he located in Unionville, and engaged in the loan, real estate and insurance business, in which he has met with well-deserved success. He also studied law, and in 1886 was admitted to the bar. In January, 1878, he was united in marriage to Anna A. Webb, daughter of Alexander R. Webb, the founder of the of The Daily Star, of Hudson, N. Y. This union of our subject and wife has been blessed with three sons: A. N. Webb, a brother of Mrs. Bonfoey is the present consul to the Philippine Islands; another brother holds a position of honor in the Sandwich Islands; one is in the United States postal service, and another was the editor of the Unionville (Mo.) Republican, a number of years. Mr. Bonfoey is the lieutenant-colonel of the Second Regiment Select Knights, A. O.U. W., and a member of the I. O. O. F. & A. M. and K. of H. He is the third of four sons, and has two brothers now residing in Connecticut, and one who is engaged in engineering work in Chicago. His father, Davis B. Bonfoey, was a native of Connecticut, and married in Alabama to Emma Powers. After his marriage he moved to Texas, and was one of the pioneer settlers of the Lone Star State. For many years he served as internal revenue collector of the Eastern Division of Texas.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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