John L. Gooding. This gentleman was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, July 21, 1839. His parents moved with him to Adams county when he was three years old, and there be grew up and acquired his education. He started in life as a farmer, and. has ever since been engaged in the same calling. In November, 1868, he came to Missouri and located in Lincoln township this county, where he has ever since resided, engaged in farming and stock-dealing. He has a well improved and well adapted farm of 162 acres of good land, on which he has a neat, new residence, so located as to afford a good view of the surrounding country. He is a good practical farmer and successful stock man.
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Mr. Gooding was married, on the 2nd of September, 1869, in Adams :county, Illinois, to Miss Fannie Dayton, a native of Adams county. By this union they have been blessed with two children: Abram O., born November 21, 1870; and William H., born September 6, 1875.