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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Knox County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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Dr. Henry Herriford, a prominent physician of Knox County, was born in Putnam County, Mo., October 7, 1852, and is the son of Andrew J. and Frances M. (Donadson) Herriford. The former was born in Kentucky, in 1832, and died in Putnam County, Mo., March 12, 1882. The mother was born in Monroe County, Mo., in 1884, and is now living in Sullivan County, Mo. Our subject remained at home with his parents until seventeen years of age, and then commenced the study of medicine in Adair County, Mo., remaining there five years. He then attended the Medical College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Keokuk, Iowa, for nine months, when he graduated, and also attended a course of lectures at Rush Medical College, Chicago, post graduate course, in 1882. In 1876 he returned to Adair County, Mo., and formed a partnership with Dr. W. G. Pierce, formerly of Ohio. He remained with him four months, and then went to Sullivan County, Mo., where he practiced about eighteen months, and then went to New Cambria, Macon Co., Mo. After a year’s residence here he went to Scotland County, Mo., where he remained about five years. After that he came to Knox County, and located in Greensburg, where he has since resided, and enjoys an extensive and lucrative practice. June 17, 1880, he was married to Rachel Howe, daughter of John and Harriet (Mourhess) Howe. The father was a native of Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Herriford was born in Missouri, March 7, 1862. This union has been blessed with one daughter— Cassa Lee. Dr. Herriford is a strong Republican, but has never held or sought office. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, a generous donator to all laudable enterprises, and ranks among the leading physicians of Knox County. His wife is a member of the Christian Church at Greensburg, Knox Co., Mo.

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This family biography is one of 204 biographies included in the Knox County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Lewis, Clark, Knox and Scotland Counties, Missouri published in 1887.  For the complete description, click here: Knox County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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