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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cedar 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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Dr. Isaac F. Marquis, whose success as a physician and surgeon has made his name well known throughout Cedar and adjoining counties, was born in Darke County, Ohio, December 22, 1849, and is the son of George W. and Elizabeth (Miller) Marquis. George W. Marquis was born in Virginia, but when quite small went with his parents to Ohio, where he grew to manhood, and where he was twice married, his second wife being Miss Miller, mother to the subject of this sketch. In about 1858 George Marquis moved to Cedar County, Mo., where he is now living with his third wife. He is a successful tiller of the soil. His father, William Kidd Marquis, was a native of Virginia, and of French extraction. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and an early settler of Ohio, where he died about thirty years ago. Dr. Marquis, the elder of two children, received a fair education in the common schools, and began for himself in 1868, as a farm hand in St. Clair County, In about 1872 he began practicing medicine, having studied with a cousin, Dr. A. C. Marquis. He practiced with success until 1884-85, and then attended the American Medical College at St. Louis, from which institution he graduated in the same year. He first commenced practicing at Osceola, was then in Bates County, after that was five years at Roscoe, and since 1880 he has resided on his present farm near Cedar Springs, where he has 200 acres of good land. He settled on the farm with the intention of retiring from practice, but has found it impossible to do. He was married, in 1874, to Miss Marila Marquis, a native of Jay County, Ind., and the daughter of Dr. James and Mary Marquis, natives of Virginia. Her parents lived in Jay County, Ind., but came to Missouri soon after the war, and here the father practiced his profession successfully for some time. To Dr. Isaac F. Marquis and wife were born four children, one son and two daughters now living. The Doctor was a Republican in politics until 1876, since which time he has been a Greenbacker and Prohibitionist. His first presidential vote was cast for Gen. Grant, in 1872. He is a member of the Good Templars, and is also a member of the Farmers’ Alliance. Mrs. Marquis is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in good standing.

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This family biography is one of 92 biographies included in The History of Cedar County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Cedar County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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