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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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Dinwiddie Halley (deceased) was a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Lincoln Township, Putnam County, and was born in Clark County, Ky., in 1824. His parents, Henry and Polly (Patton) Halley, were pioneer settlers of Clark County, Ky. The father was a native of England, and, upon coming to the United States, first located in Kentucky. The subject of this sketch left his native county, and moved to Macon County, Mo., but, about 1842, removed to Sullivan County, and in 1865 came to Putnam County, where he lived until his death, which occurred March 22, 1875. He began life for himself in but ordinary circumstances, but by energy, industry, good business management and economy, amassed a comfortable competency, and owned, at the time of his death, about 2,100 acres of land, the home place containing over 700 acres, upon which he lived, and was also the possessor of other tracts elsewhere in the county, and a valuable tract near Kirksville, Adair County. He was a liberal father, and started his children in life with generous gifts of land, etc. September 19, 1844, he married Miss Elizabeth Triplett, a native of Pike County, Mo., and daughter of James C. and Nancy (Lydick) Triplett, natives of Fauquier County, Va., and Kentucky, respectively. Both, however, were reared in Bourbon County, Ky., near Paris, but subsequently lived near Bowling Green, Ky. Mr. Triplett was a prominent citizen of Putnam County, and represented the same in the Legislature, besides filling various other political offices of honor and trust in different localities where he resided. To Mr. and Mrs. Halley eleven children were born : Nancy J. (deceased), Mary (deceased), James D., John A., George W. (deceased), Sarah E., William, J., Alonzo, Thomas, Adolphus (deceased) and Laura. Mr. Halley was a Democrat in politics, and, during the late war, served in the Missouri State Militia. He was a highly respected man and popular citizen in the community in which he lived and efficiently filled several official positions. In the year 1850 Mr. Halley went overland to California to dig for gold, and was successful to some extent. In the year 1863 he took another overland trip to Oregon, with a drove of horses and mules. Each trip occupied two years, his family remaining at home. His returns were from San Francisco to the Isthmus of Panama, thence to New York, and then home.

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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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