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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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James R. Pemberton is a native of Virginia, and was born in Franklin County, February 22, 1827. His father, Edmond Pemberton, was also a native of that State, and served in the War of 1812. He married Susan Hundly, of Virginia, and the family moved to Missouri about 1832, locating in Callaway County. Edmond Pemberton entered land near Fulton, and improved a farm where he resided until his death, in 1853. They had four sons and three daughters, all reaching maturity. James R. was the second son, and grew to manhood on the farm at Callaway. In the spring of 1850, in company with Capt. Morris and others, he went to California, arriving at his destination September 3, where he remained until 1853, engaged in farming, in which he was tolerably successful. In three years he returned via the Isthmus to New York. After spending a year in old Callaway he came to Adair County, where he bought the land upon which he now resides. He at first bought 123 acres of partly improved land, with a log house, a portion of forty acres being fenced and broken. He now has 440 acres, with 300 in cultivation, nicely improved, a good one-and-a-quarter-story house, and a large new barn. Nearly 140 acres are timbered, except about forty acres of bottom land. Mr. Pemberton was married in Callaway County to Amildred, daughter of Joseph D. Johnson, of Callaway, December 28, 1854. His wife’s family was from Virginia. Mrs. Pemberton was born there and reared in Callaway. James Pemberton lost one son, Thomas, who died at the age of seven, in 1863. There is one son, William, who married Sophia Mitchell, of Adair County. They have four children, and reside on the old home place. Mr. and Mrs. Pemberton are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and Mr. Pemberton is a member of LaPlata Lodge, No. 237, A. F. & A. M.

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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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