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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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Dr. E. J. Geisinger, of Unionville, vice-president of the Marshall National Bank, is one of the most popular and successful practicing in Northeast Missouri, and was born in Medina County, Ohio, October 19, 1849. He is a son of John and Lydia (Overholt) Geisinger, residents of Putnam County, and born in Canada and Pennsylvania, respectively. They were married in Ohio, and our subject is the eighth child of the four sons and five daughters born to this union. Four of the daughters are living, but all the sons save E. J. are deceased. The latter, at the age of five, accompanied his parents to Louisa County, Iowa, where he resided until 1868, and then came with his parents to Putnam County, Mo. He is a graduate of the Keokuk College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a post-graduate of the St. Louis (Mo.) Medical College. He began the practice of his profession at Newtown, Putnam County, in 1874, and remained there five years, then locating at Unionville, where he has since enjoyed a successful and lucrative practice. He also embarked in the drug business the year he located in Unionville, but abandoned it in April, 1887, being succeeded by W. C. Knight & Co. He was at one time a prominent member of the Grand River Medical Society, and is at present examining surgeon for pensions and numerous insurance companies, and has held the position of city health officer, a position he resigned. He owns a farm near Unionville, and takes great pride in fine stock, especially blooded horses, and the county is indebted to him for the introduction of some of the best stock in North Missouri. Among the horses owned by the Doctor, that are widely known, are the following.: Ovid, foaled May 15, 1883 (No. 4015) ; sire-Caporel, by Sentinel, by Hambletonian; dam-Mary, by Woodford, Mambrino, etc. This horse shows more standard ancestors than any horse of his age. Sea Foam, with a 2:25 ¾ pacing record, has also a fine pedigree, as has also Black Diamond, a Kentucky saddle stallion of the Denmark family. December 29, 1883, he married Annie Stanley, a native of Mercer County, Mo., by whom Virgil N. and Joe Stanley have been born. He is a member of the I. O. O.. F. and Encampment.

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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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