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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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John Hamlin, farmer and stock raiser, was born July 26, 1834, in Stark County, Ohio. He was the third of thirteen children born to Benjamin and Susanna (Snyder) Hamlin, natives of Virginia and Pennsylvania, respectively. The father was a successful farmer, which vocation he followed until his death, in the spring of 1858. His widow is living in Marshall County, Ind., aged eighty. John Hamlin moved to Marshall County, Ind., in the fall of 1933, and in the spring of 1837 came to Putnam County, where he has since resided. His youth was spent upon a farm, and at the age of twenty-two he began life for himself, and although he was poor at that time, has by energy and industry become a successful farmer and citizen. He owns a finely improved farm of 486 acres, which is well-stocked and equipped for farming. October 12, 1856 he married Miss Drusilla Ann, daughter of David and Nancy (Wood) Jordan, natives of Virginia. To this union were born fourteen children, viz.: one who died in infancy, David Benjamin (deceased), Nancy Susan (now Mrs. Elijah Porter), Elma Henrietta (now Mrs. James Harbert), Florence Cordelia (wife of George D. Smith), Jessie Lillian (deceased), Emerson Ellsworth, Weenty Almeda (deceased), Lloyd Upton, John DeLeon (deceased), Willard Clark, Mildred Ardella, Leola Althea and Annis Estelle Pearl. Mrs. Hamlin is a worthy and consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Hamlin is a Republican in politics. March 4, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, Third Missouri Cavalry, but was transferred in a year to the Seventh Missouri Cavalry, being made corporal of his company. He was mustered out in St Louis the day of President Lincoln’s assassination. He is a well-to-do citizen, respected and esteemed by those who know him.

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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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