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Below is a sample of a family biography included in The History of Atchison County, Missouri published by National Historical Publishing Company in 1882.  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.

HENRY SOUTH HILL, farmer and stock raiser, is the owner of 245 acres of land, his residence being on section 34. He was born in Warren County, Kentucky, December 7, 1813. While he was a small boy, his father moved to Montgomery County, Illinois, and located on a farm in the timber, where Henry grew up. He did much hard work, helping his father make a farm. After being married he moved into Bond County, obtained a piece of land, which he cleared, and would have been contented, but for the stories of the famous Platte Purchase. He determined to seek a better country, and in 1848 he moved to this township, and bought the forty acre lot where his house now stands. He soon had a fine farm and was able to make additions to his place, until now he has one second to none. Mr. Hill married Miss Charlotte Temple Harmon, daughter of Nathan and Rebecca Harmon, of Bond County, Illinois, December 10, 1835. They have four children living: Mrs. Mary W. Lewis, George W., Drucilla Emeline, (wife of Dr. Jones of Watson), and John Henry. William W. died July 16, 1865, aged 24 years; Sarah died in infancy; Nancy Jane married Valentine S. Kerl, and died November 2, 1874, leaving two children: Emma Ada Belle, who has a home with Dr. Jones, her uncle, and Malcomb Montrose, who lives with his grandfather. Mr. Hill has always been either a Whig or Republican, and belongs to the Christian Church and Good Templars. In 1852 he was elected county judge, and served with great satisfaction to all. March 14, 1862, he enlisted in the Fifth Missouri Cavalry, and served for one year. He was promoted to second lieutenant and then to first lieutenant, and was attached to General Loan's Brigade. Wherever Mr. H, has been placed or whatever responsibility he has assumed, he has discharged his duty with ability, and under all circumstances has earned the title of an honest man.

This family biography is one of 412 biographies included in The History of Atchison County, Missouri published in 1882.  For the complete description, click here: Atchison County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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