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Below is a sample of a family biography included in Annals of Platte County, Missouri by W. M. Paxton and published by Hudson-Kimberly Publishing Co. in 1897.  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.

HIRAM SPICER. Born in Bourbon County, Ky., February 19, 1803; died in Platte April 28, 1887. He was an estimable and hard-working farmer. They came to Platte in 1843. Mrs. Spicer was a Hansford, and we will presently notice that family. Children:
I. WILLIAM SPICER.
II. ELIZABETH, m'd Jan. 24, 1852, Eli J. Link. (see)
III. JOHN SPICER, went to California, married, and died.
IV. MARY H. SPICER, m'd E. B. Burkhead, of Lincoln Co., Mo.
V. AMOS. H. SPICER, m'd Sarah A. Smith, dr. of Wm.
VI. MAHLON SPICER, went to the Indian Nation.
VII. NANCY SPICER, m'd Nov. 12, 1873, Ed. H. Berry, an Englishman; 3 children.
VIII. LUCY SPICER, m'd Dec. 1, 1870, Wm. Wallace Rule (i), who died in Dec., 1889, leaving:
1. Lena R. Rule.
2. Wm. H.
3. Emmet M. Rule.
4. Wallace. They live in Clay.
IX. GEO. W. SPICER b. Nov. 6. 1847; m'd March 12, 1874, Mary Elmore, b. Jan. 4,1855. Ch:
1. Ola Spicer.
2. John.
3. Geo. TY. (ii).
4. Elmore Spicer.
5. A babe.
X. BEN F. SPICER, b. Aug. 5, 1851; m'd May 10, 1873, Elizabeth Arnold, dr. of John T.
XI. MARTHA A. SPICER, m'd Nov. 22, 1877, Reuben R. Smith. son of William. Both dead. 1 child.

This is a sample of one the of 1100 families with biographical information included in the Annals of Platte County, Missouri published in 1897.  For the complete description, click here: Platte County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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