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Below is a family biography included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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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HIRAM M. CURREY, physician and surgeon, at Newtonville, was born in Brown County, Ohio, September 23, 1827. His father died when he was quite young, and he remained at home with his mother until he reached the age of sixteen. He received an academical education, having attended the Maysville College, Mason County, Ky., and the Shurtliff College, Upper Alton, Ill. He then engaged in teaching, which vocation he followed at intervals for a time. In 1849 he began reading medicine with W. B. Thompson, of Fayettsville, Ohio, with whom he remained for about three years, during which time he took a course in the Ohio Medical College. He then went to Alton, Ind., and taught a term of school, after which he formed a partnership with Dr. Drumb, of Leopold, with whom he practiced for two years. He then assumed the entire practice. One year subsequently he removed to Rome, Perry County, where he was elected to fill out an unexpired term of one year as auditor of that county. He then again attended Shurtliff College for one year. In 1857 he graduated in medicine and resumed the practice of his profession at Rono, Perry County, Ind., where he remained until 1862. From that time until 1878 he was located at Grandview. In the latter year he went to Baton Rouge, La., and remained five years. Since the expiration of that time he has practiced at his present location. May 18, 1855, he was united in marriage with Julia A. Hatfield, to whom were born three children. Two, Leonidas and Eugene, are living. Mrs. Currey died May 7, 1862. October, 1864, his marriage with Letitia Lamar was celebrated, and to this union five children were born, of whom John W. and Alfred A. are living. On their trip to the South in 1878 his wife and youngest child died of the dread scourge, yellow fever. In July, 1883, Mr. Currey was again married to Fannie W. Smith. One child, Ethel W., has blessed this union. Mr. Currey’s parents were William and Hannah (Adkins) Currey, natives respectively of Virginia and New York. They were both pioneers of Ohio.

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This family biography is one of 344 biographies included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Spencer County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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