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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Noah Molter, one of the leading pioneer farmers and stock-raisers of Adair County, is a native of Dauphin County, Penn., where he was born in 1825. There he was reared, educated at the common schools, and, in 1848, married to Miss Susan, daughter of Samuel Dubendorf, a native of the same county. The same year he came to Nineveh Township, purchasing the land upon which he has since made his home with the exception of two years in Benton Township, working for Washington Conner in a tannery. Since 1852 he has been a resident on his present farm. He learned the tanner’s trade when a young man, at which he worked about four years prior to his marriage. Accumulating about $300 he came to Missouri, and is now one of the most wealthy land owners in the county, possessing about 1,100 acres of land, some 900 acres in Nineveh Township, and the other 200 in Sullivan County. His farm is under a high state of cultivation, and has been cleared and improved since it was purchased by him in its raw condition. Mr. Molter served a short time in 1862 in the Missouri State Militia as sergeant, and about one month in 1864 as captain. He was township collector for one year. He is a man of remarkable business capacity and financial ability, of great endurance and energy, and has the implicit confidence of the community, He has raised a family of five sons and two daughters, viz.: Joseph, William H. (of Montana Township), Jesse (of Arkansas, a tobacconist), George W., Francis M., Margaret (wife of Jacob Novinger) and Mary A. (wife of Samuel Novinger). Mr. Molter is a conservative Democrat. His parents, Joseph and Catherine (Shoop) Molter, were natives of the same county, and lived for a long time upon the land purchased by the grandfather in a very early day. Joseph died about 1841, and his wife about 1882, near the age of seventy.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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