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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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James F. Hill, farmer and stock raiser of Section 28, Jackson Township, was born in Pocahontas County, W. Va., November 28, 1833, and is a son of George and Martha (Edmondson) Hill [see sketch of T. C. Hill]. J. F. grew to manhood upon the home farm, receiving a good education at the common schools, and at the Hillsboro Academy. Upon reaching man’s estate he learned the wheelwright’s trade, and also was engaged in manufacturing furniture. He was married in his native county January 18, 1859, to Harriet Jane Morrison, daughter of Elisha Morrison, also a native of Pocahontas County, and born in 1810. Mr. and Mrs. Mill have passed their entire lives together, having attended the same schools, and having been playmates and associates during their childhood and youth. To them eight children have been born: Luther H., Henry A., W. Mead, E. Thomas, Martha, Rena, James and Charles B. Mr. Hill worked at cabinet-making about ten years, and in the spring of 1870 came to Missouri, buying land, and locating in Putnam upon the place he now occupies. He owns 500 acres of land - 400 fenced, and 350 in meadow and pasture land. His house is one and a half stories, and the barns, etc., are in good condition. He has an orchard of over 200 trees, about 100 bearing fruit. He is interested in stock raising, and keeps on an average of 100 head of cattle per annum.

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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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