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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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, Wilder, Lytle B., Z. Filmore and Cruise Higginbotham are grandsons of Thomas Higginbotham, a native of Georgia, who came to Missouri in 1876, and became one of the earliest settlers of Washington County, in which county he continued to reside until his removal to Dent County, where he died at the age of eighty-five years; he was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was the father of two sons, Thomas Jefferson and George W. The latter was born and reared in Washington County, and after arriving at the age of maturity married Miss Turley, a daughter of William Turley, of Kentucky. Nine children were born to this union, who were named as follows: Burrus, Thomas, Wilder, Lytle B., Z. Filmore, Cruise, Melzenia, Maranda, and Alzonia, who married George W. Engledow. They have two sons, George F. and Higginbotham. Thomas Higginbotham, the eldest of the living sons, is a stock-dealer and farmer, and was born in Washington County, November 15, 1835, in which county he was reared to different occupations; in later years he devoted his attention almost exclusively to farming and stock-raising, and owns in Washington and adjoining counties about 1,000 acres of land. May 23, 1867, he married Miss Caroline Madden, who was born in Washington County, and is a daughter of Malachi and Caroline (James) Madden, the latter a daughter of Judge James of Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. Mr. Higginbotham held the office of presiding judge of the county court for six years, and proved himself a faithful and competent official. Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham have no children, but have an adopted son, Robert Highley Higginbotham.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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