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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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S. P. Priestley was born in Benton County, on a farm three miles northeast of Fort Lyon, and is the son of J. Q. Priestley, who came from Virginia when a young man, and was married to Miss Mary F. Cleveland, of Benton County, Mo. She is the daughter of George Cleveland, who was a native of Bourbon County, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. Priestley are still living, and hope to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on the 19th of May, 1890. They were the parents of twelve children, seven of whom are living. S. P. Priestley was the sixth child in order of birth. He attained his growth in his native county, and was united in marriage to Miss E. A. Gallaher, daughter of William Gallaher, of Benton County, who served his State gallantly during the late Civil War in his brother’s company, composed mostly of Benton County men, who were enrolled as State Militia to keep down lawlessness within the county. To Mr. Priestley’s marriage were born five children, three of whom died in childhood. The two now living are named as follows: Georgia V. and Alger Paul. Mr. Priestley has a fine farm of 160 acres lying a few miles southeast of Fort Lyon, and aside from his farming interest he is extensively engaged in buying and handling stock. He is a member of the Baptist Church; and a Republican in politics.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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