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Henry F. Quick


Henry F. Quick, an old resident and farmer of Union Township, Perry Co., Mo., was born in Central Township, of that county, in 1836, and is the son of John W., and Catherine (Finch) Quick, and grandson of Tunis Quick, who immigrated to Perry County, Mo., about the beginning of the present century.

John W. was of German descent, born in the State of Virginia in 1794. He located in Central Township where he passed the remainder of his life. He was a Methodist Episcopal minister by profession, and also followed farming and blacksmithing. His ministerial duties were local. He died in 1836.

His wife was born in Virginia and died in 1833. She was the mother of seven children only two of whom are now living: William, Jasper County, and Henry F. The latter received a fair education in the common schools, and was reared on a farm.

In 1852 he began teaching, and taught one term of school. December 23 of the same year he married Miss Sarah M. Blair, who was born in Perry County in 1828, and who is the daughter of Thomas M. and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Blair, natives of Georgia and Kentucky, born in 1800 and 1795 respectively. Mr. Blair is yet living, but his wife died in 1879.

To Mr. and Mrs. Quick were born six children: Missouri L. (wife of Joseph B. Hazelbud), Emma (deceased wife of John W. Abernathy), Mary (deceased), Ann (deceased), Iva and Etta.

Mr. Quick settled in Union Township in 1859, where he bought 100 acres, and afterward purchased eighty in addition. In 1881 he moved to Farmington, where he resided united the spring of 1888, when he returned to his farm in Perry County and there he now resides.

In 1879 he was appointed county collector of Perry County, and served two years. He is a Democrat in politics, and cast his first vote for Gen. Taylor in 1848.

He and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church Southern and he is steward and trustee of the same.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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