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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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Prof. W. D. Vandiver, Ph.B., president of the Bellevue Collegiate Institute, was born in Hardy County, W. Va., in 1854. When four years of age he was brought to Missouri, and was educated in the common schools and at Central College at Fayette, Mo., where he received a good classical education, graduating from that institution in June 1877. Having served two years as subordinate teacher he took a place in McKenzie College, West Tennessee, and in 1880 was elected to his present position. He has accomplished a great work in building up the institution and has succeeded in making it one of the leading institutions of Southeast Missouri. In 1880 he married Miss Alice L. Headlee, younger daughter of Rev. J. H. Headlee. She was educated in Bellevue Collegiate Institute and is a lady of culture and refinement. Prof. Vandiver is a wide awake stirring man and is one of the best educators in Missouri. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, in which church their fathers are both ministers. The Vandiver family have descended from one of that name who was among the sturdy Hollanders who founded New Amsterdam (now New York), though for several generations most of the family have been Virginians; while the Vance family, from which Prof. Vandiver is descended on his mother’s side, have been well-known in Virginia for more than 100 years, having come from Ireland about the year 1740.

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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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