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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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William D. Huff was born in Vermont, near Burlington, in 1819, and when about ten years of age was taken to Essex County, N. Y., where he grew up and received a common-school education. Upon reaching manhood he began working as collier in New York, and soon rose to the position of superintendent, and for several years followed this calling. In 1845 he married Sophronia Merrifield, a native of New York, and in 1857 they came to Missouri, and settled at Iron Mountain. For over twenty-three years he was superintendent of the coaling department for that company. When the furnace abandoned the use of charcoal, Mr. Huff moved to the farm where he now lives, which consists of 220 acres. In 1886 his wife died at the age of fifty-nine. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, Mr. Huff being also a member of the same. He is a Democrat in politics, and in 1857-58 represented St. Francois County in the State Legislature. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity. The following four children were born to Mr. Huff and wife: Emily A., Fannie S., Merrifield W. and Ada U. All are married and have families. The parents of Mr. Huff, John and Sallie (Wiley) Huff, were both natives of Vermont, he being of German and she of Irish descent. He was a farmer by occupation, and a soldier in the War of 1812. They were both of the Quaker faith, and were highly respected citizens. She lived to be about fifty-eight years of age, and he eighty-three. In their family were seven children, Mr. Huff being the third.

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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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