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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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Judge William P. Linder, presiding judge of the county court, was born in Coles County, Ill., March 8, 1839. He was reared from childhood in Adair County, and received an ordinary education. January 8, 1860, he married Nancy J., a daughter of Isaac and Arabella Linder, also pioneers of this county. Our subject farmed one year, and in August, 1861, joined the Twenty-second Missouri Infantry, and served until February, 1862, when the Seventh Missouri Cavalry was formed from this and the Black Hawk Cavalry, under Col. Houston. He served as first sergeant, and remained in that capacity until November, 1861, when he received a wound at Kirksville, and, after lying in the hospital during the winter of 1862-63, was discharged in February of the latter year. After his discharge he resumed farming and stock raising. He is a radical Republican, and as such was elected to his present position. His estate embraces 160 acres, on which he has a fine orchard of 140 bearing apple trees. His children are John F., William P., Eliza J., Lizzie I., Ira A., Robert O. and Andrew H. He is also rearing two orphan children. The fact that he has never employed a doctor indicates their excellent health. His daughter, Eliza, was a teacher before her marriage. Judge Linder is a member of the William Wood Post, G. A. R.

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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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