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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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Thomas C. Hill, farmer and stock raiser, Section 19, Jackson Township, was born in Pocahontas County, W. Va., October 1, 1835, and is a son of George and Martha (Edmondson) Hill, natives of the same county. His paternal grandfather, Richard Hill, was a soldier in the War of 1812. The father was born in 1807, and is still a resident of his native county. He was twice married, having lost his first wife in 1847. The subject of this sketch grew to manhood in his native county, where he received a good education at the common and higher schools. After reaching his majority he learned the tanner’s trade, at which he worked three years. October 24, 1861, he married Miss Mary, daughter of John Staats, of Roane County, W. Va. Mrs. Hill was born in Indiana, and raised in Virginia, where she was educated. To her marriage with Mr. Hill eight children have been born: Margaret L. (wife of H. P. Bruce), George A. (teacher in Putnam County), Joseph S. (a young man), Henrietta T., John F., Fred F., Minnie V. and Theodore P., three years old. Mr. Hill farmed for three years upon a farm in Mason County, W. Va., and in the fall of 1864 came to Missouri, where he lived one year in Sullivan County. In February, 1865, he moved to Putnam County, purchased and settled upon the land he now owns. In l865 he taught school for one term, but his main occupation is that of farming. He owns 112 acres of land, 100 fenced and finely improved. He lives in a comfortable house, surrounded by good outbuildings, and a fair orchard. In politics he is a Republican, and has held several township offices, such as justice of the peace, which office he filled four years, and township clerk.

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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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