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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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Prof. W. P. Nason, one of the most prominent educators of Kirksville, was born in Fairfield District, S. C., in 1824. His parents soon after moved to Athens, Ga., and remained, there until 1839, when they removed to Mississippi to engage in agricultural pursuits. He attended school in Fayetteville, Tenn., and then taught for several years in Mississippi. He spent 1850 in traveling through Texas, and in 1852 located in Indiana, where he taught one year, in Switzerland County, before going to Carroll County, Ky., where he taught for about three years, and during this time attended South Hanover College. He came to Adair County in 1857, and soon after located in Kirksville, where two years later he was married. After teaching a private school till 1862, he went to Wisconsin and taught for three years. He then located permanently at Kirksville, and taught public school. In 1867 he became connected with the Northern Missouri Normal School. It existed as a private school under J. Baldwin until January, 1871, when it was adopted as a State institution. Prof. Nason was acting president for one year, 1881-82, and since the organization has had charge of the chair of English language and literature. By his first marriage three, sons were born, one of whom died in infancy. W. B. resides in Ripon, Wis., and J. C., in Macon, Mo. Their mother, Sarah Cowan, a native of Ohio, died February 10, 1864, and June 12, 1866, he married Sarah A. Thompson, nee Griffith. Their son, George, is a graduate of the State Normal, in the class of 1887. Prof. Nason is a Mason, and his family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The father, James, was a North Ireland man, born August 4, 1782, and after reaching manhood came to America and located in South Carolina. His wife, Margaret Montgomery, was a native of North Carolina. She died in 1852, in Mississippi, and her husband followed her three years later, after they had reared five sons and four daughters to maturity.

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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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