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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 W. Haigler, farmer and stock raiser of Section 12, Jackson Township, was born in Randolph County, W. Va., February 27, 1821, and is a son of Jacob and Christina (Harper) Haigler, natives of Pendleton County, W. Va. Mr. Jacob Haigler served as a teamster in the War of 1812, and farming and stock raising were his occupations until his death, April 1, 1842. J. W. grew to maturity upon the farm in his native county, and was there married, in the spring of 1848, to Judith Wamsley, a native of Randolph County, W. Va. To this marriage two children were born, one, who died in infancy, and Cletus, now in Kansas. Mrs. Haigler died in 1851, and after her death Mr. Haigler farmed in Randolph County until the spring of 1855, when he went to Iowa and located in Henry County, where he had previously entered land. Here he married his present wife, October 1, 1857, Miss Sarah Johnston, of Harrison County, Ohio, daughter of Hugh Johnston. The ceremony was performed by Hon. Henry Clay Dean. Mrs. Haigler was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and reared in Harrison County. In 1859 he moved to Randolph County, Mo., two miles from the present site of Moberly, where he farmed until 1863. He then purchased some land where he now resides, which he proceeded to cultivate, and to which he has since added. He now has,680 acres of land in the home place in one tract, 500 devoted to meadow and plow land, and 200 acres of pasture land in Medicine Township. Six children have been born to his last marriage: Elihu (married), Stewart, Alice (wife of William J. Halley) and Henry. Two children have died, viz.: Elizabeth C., who died during childhood, in Randolph County, Mo.; Virginia, who died when a child. Mr. Haigler is a Democrat, and has served his township as treasurer and trustee. He is a self-made man, and highly respected in the community.

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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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