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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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S. C. HENDERSON, wholesale grocer, was born in Vevay, Switzerland county, Ind., Aug. 16, 1835. His father, Charles Henderson, was a native of Kentucky, born in 1796; his mother, Caroline Ann (Wescott) Henderson, was a native of the Island of Guernsey, born in 1805. Our subject remained in the county of his nativity until fifteen years of age, and attended the common schools, receiving a liberal education. He then engaged in flat-boating on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and continued in that occupation for ten years; he then accepted a position as pilot on a steam boat, at first in the transport service for four years, and then in carrying the United States mails for six years. He then quit the water and went to Fairbury, Ill., where he engaged in the grocery business for a time. He came west in 1871, locating at Baxter Springs, Kan., and engaged in the wholesale and retail grocery business; he continued until 1876 and then came to Joplin and established his present business Mr. Henderson was married in Switzerland county, Ind., in Dec., 1863, to Miss Hattie, daughter of Capt. Stivers, of Carrollton. Ky. They had one child, Charles G., born Dec., 1864, now of Edinburgh. Ind. Mrs. H. died in the spring of 1867. Our subject was again married in Cincinnati, Ohio. Oct. 19, 1867, to Miss Sarah L., daughter of J. B. and Elizabeth McQuigg, of Blair county, Pa. Mrs. H. was born in the last named county, March 13,1848. This union has been blessed with one child, Lillie May, born Aug. 13, 1869, in Cincinnati. S. C. Henderson’s wholesale grocery house is now located on the corner of Main and Sixth streets in an elegant new brick, which he recently erected. The building has twenty-five feet front on Main Street, by 100 feet deep, two stories, with basement, and is filled to its utmost capacity with a full line of the best goods for the wholesale trade. Mr. and Mrs. Henderson have a beautiful home on the corner of Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Mr. H. is a man of more than ordinary business qualifications, and well deserves the liberal trade which he is receiving.

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