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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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Zachary Filmore Higginbotham, present postmaster of Fertile, Washington County, and dealer in general merchandise, pig lead, barytes, etc., is one of the leading and most successful business men of the county. He was born in Washington County March 4, 1848, in which county he was reared and received his early education, which was supplemented with an attendance at the State University, Columbia, Mo. In 1872 he commenced selling goods and cultivating his farm, which consisted of 300 acres of unimproved land, to which he has since added from time to time until his landed estate now consists of 1,300 acres, including the family homestead. The success that has attended his enterprises illustrates the truth that keen perception, sound judgment and a determined will, supported by persevering and continuous effort, will surely result favorably in whatever occupation one may be engaged. Mr. Higginbotham was married June 17, 1874, to Miss Maggie Hawkins, a daughter of Augustus and Elizabeth (Pinson) Hawkins, both early settlers of Washington County. Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham have two children: Press. G., born April 3, 1875, and Estella, born November 7, 1876.

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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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