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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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T. B. White, editor and proprietor of the Enterprise, an instructive and carefully edited Democratic newspaper published at Warsaw, Mo., was born in Kalida, Putnam Co., Ohio, May 7, 1843, being the youngest of seven children. By the death of his father he was left an orphan at the age of five years, after which his mother moved to Ashland County, of the same State; and in the towns of Perrysville and Londonville, Mr. White received a good common-school education and a brief academic course. He then served a four years’ apprenticeship in the office of the Ashland (Ohio) Times, and in November, 1861, enlisted in Company H, Forty-second Ohio Infantry, of which James A. Garfield was the first colonel, and was with his regiment in active service as corporal and sergeant in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, and received a flesh wound in one of the assaults on Vicksburg. He was also on detailed service in Maryland, and after three years’ service was honorably discharged at Washington, D. C., in December, 1864. He then began working as a journeyman printer in Iowa and Colorado, and was married in Denver, of the latter State, in 1872, to Miss L. A. Walker, of Canandaigua, N. Y., to whom have been born five children, all living. For about six years, from 1875 to 1881, he was in the mercantile business at Antioch, Cal., and has also lived temporarily in New York, North and South Carolina and Kansas. Since October, 1883, he has resided in Warsaw, Mo., where he has been the proprietor and editor of the Enterprise, one of the best advertising mediums of South-central Missouri, and a paper of large circulation and of recognized merit by the press and the public.

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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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