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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dent County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Ex-Judge Cicero P. Hedrick, manager and stockholder of Victor Roller Mills, was born in Davidson County, N. C., in 1850, being the son of Alfred and Elizabeth (Goss) Hedrick, and grandson of Adam Hedrick, who was born on the same farm in Davidson County, N. C., as his son and grandson, and there spent his entire life. He was killed at a muster drill by a drunken man when his son Alfred was a boy two years old. He was the son of Capt. Peter Hedrick, who came to America at an early date, and served as a captain in the Revolutionary War; he had also one son in that war. His barn was burned by Tories during the latter part of the war. He died on the farm on which his great-grandson, ex-Judge Cicero P. Hedrick, was born. Joseph Goss, maternal grandfather of our subject, was born in North Carolina, where he spent all his life as a slave-holder. He was of German descent. Alfred and Elizabeth (Goss) Hedrick were also natives of Davidson County, N. C., born in 1824 and 1832, respectively. They lived in their native State until 1874, when they came to Dent County, Mo., and here the mother died in 1881. The father is still living, and is a farmer by occupation. During the late war he served about one year in a North Carolina regiment of infantry, in the Confederate army. He is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the German Reformed Church, of which his wife was also a member for many years. They were the parents of six sons and three daughters, three sons and two daughters now living. Of this family ex-Judge Hedrick was the second child. He attended school two winters previous to the war and only two months afterward, most of his knowledge of books being acquired by his own efforts. He began for himself at the age of twenty-two as a farm hand, and continued as such for nine years. He came with his parents to Dent County, Mo., and in 1878 was united in marriage to Miss Tennessee, daughter of James C. and Emily Connell, formerly of Tennessee, but early settlers of Dent County, where Mrs. Hedrick was born. Her mother is still living, but the father died in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., about 1872. He served through the Federal army as a captain. Judge C. P. Hedrick followed farming in Dent County, Mo., until 1884, when he learned the carpenter’s trade, and followed the same until July, 1888, when he assumed charge of the Victor Mills, which he assisted in building. He is a Democrat in his political views, and his first presidential vote was for O’Conor in 1872. He is a member of Edgar Springs Lodge No. 416, I. O. O. F., and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He served four years as justice of the peace, from 1882 to 1886, and in the last named year he was elected associate judge of county court from the Second District, and served one term. He has been notary public three years, and has held numerous minor offices nearly ever since his majority. He has a fine farm of 200 acres, eighty acres under cultivation, all well improved. His father has been postmaster at Taladego Post-office since 1882.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of Dent County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dent County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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