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Below is a sample of a family biography included in The History of Southeast Missouri published by Lewis Publishing Co., in 1915.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

CHARLES F. BOLLINGER, an influential farmer in Patton, Bollinger county, Missouri, after engaging in milling for a short time has come back to the farm as the place to perform his life work. Every year there are an increasing number of men who become farmers on their own account, which is a very desirable condition of affairs. Mr. Bollinger realizes that a man should receive the rewards of his own labors, and there is no class of work in which this is so much the case as in agricultural pursuits. The scene of Mr. Bollinger's entrance into the world was a farm on Little Whitewater Creek, Bollinger county, where his parents, Henry A. and Mary T. Bollinger, still maintain their residence. This worthy couple were the parents of twelve children, eleven of whom are living, Emma, Charles F., Sarah, Philip, Grover, Orlean, Amon, Joseph, Kyes, Robert and Treecy. Brought up on his father's farm, Charles F. Bollinger early learned to take his part in the conduct of the work, and until he was twenty years of age he divided his time between his educational training and the cultivation of the land. He then entered the employ of Hawn and Bollinger, millers at Patton, Missouri, made himself master of the milling industry, and in 1901 purchased the mill. He snccessfully superintended its management for the ensuing two years, when he disposed of his holdings and in 1903 and 1904 was employed by the Whitewater Stave Factory. By that time he had determined to return to the farm and is now the proprietor of one hundred and thirty acres of good land in the Little Whitewater Valley, on which he erected a beautiful residence in May, 1909. The year which marked Mr. Bollinger's return to farming was also noteworthy as being the one in which he was united in marriage to Miss Priscilla Seabaugh, the union having been consummated on the 20th day of March, 1904. They now have three children, Delcie, born May 8, 1905 ; Christian S., whose birth occurred on the 8th day of April, 1906; and Henry Lavina, the date of whose nativity was July 25, 1911. Mrs. Bollinger is a daughter of Christian and Sarah E. (Masters) Seabaugh, well known residents of Bollinger county. Christian Seabaugh, a farmer and stock raiser, was born on the first day of March, 1850, in the county in which he always resided. His father was Christian and his mother Priscilla; his grandfather, Christian, was a native of North Carolina and later became a settler in this county. He located on a Spanish grant of land about six miles east of the place where the grandson now resides. Christian Seabaugh (III), by reason of his industry, accumulated an estate of eleven hundred acres and a few years ago he settled all but eight hundred acres on his children. In 1869 he married Miss Sarah Masters, daughter of Christopher Masters, of Bollinger county, and he became the father of ten children, eight of whom are living,-Priscilla, wife of C. F. Bollinger, the subject of this sketch; whose birth occurred June 12, 1873; Wilbert E., a farmer, born June 22, 1875; Christian C., a farmer, who began life January 12, 1879; Dayton, the date of whose birth was August 22, 1882; Dr. O. L., who was born January 9, 1885, one of Patton's prominent physicians, whose biography appears on other pages of this history; Effie, whose birth occurred March 13, 1887; Ottie, born July 19, 1889; and Louis Arnold, the date of whose birth was October 13, 1891. Mrs. Bollinger belongs to the Lutheran church, and the husband is a member of the Mutual Protective League. He has never cared to dabble much in politics, and he believes that the fitness of the man for office is of more consequence than the predominance of any party. Mr. and Mrs. Bollinger have many friends in the county which bears their name-friends who respect and esteem both husband and wife.

This family biography is one of 971 biographies included in the The History of Southeast Missouri published in 1915.  For the complete description, click here: History of Southeast Missouri Region

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