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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller 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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S. S. Starling, a prominent farmer and stock-raiser of Saline Township, was born in that township, Miller County, in 1859, and is the fourth in a family of six children born to the union of J. P. and Sarah E. (Gilleland) Starling, natives of Pennsylvania and Missouri, respectively. The father immigrated to Miller County, Mo., when a boy; was married in that county, and settled on a farm in Saline Township, entering land from the Government. He was a member of the Enrolled Militia, and in 1864 was taken prisoner at Horseshoe Bend, on the Osage River, and with six others was shot and killed. His wife still survives him, and is now residing in Saline Township. S. S. Starling remained at home, and aided in developing the farm until commencing for himself. He was married in Saline Township, in 1883, to Miss Lou A. Miller, a native of Miller County, and the daughter of P. S. and Lucy Ann (McKenzie) Miller, the father a native of Miller County, Mo., and the mother of Cole County, Mo. Both are now living, and reside on a farm near Mount Pleasant. S. S. Starling, after marriage, settled where he now resides, on a farm of eighty-five acres of partially improved land, which he continues to further improve. He erected a good frame house in 1887: has most of the farm under cultivation, and takes considerable interest in stock-raising. He takes an active interest in politics, and votes with the Republican party, but is not desirous of office. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., Mount Pleasant Lodge No. 134, and is S. W. of the lodge. Mrs. Starling is a member of the Christian Church at Olean. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Starling were born two children: Walter S. and John F. Mr. Starling has witnessed many changes in this county, and takes great interest in school affairs and all that pertains to the good of the community.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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