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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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William M. Wright, proprietor of Warsaw or Power’s Ferry, also farmer and stock-raiser of Tom Township, was born in Warren County, Ky., December 25, 1826, and is the son of J. B. Wright and Mary G. (Wallace) Wright, both natives of Kentucky. The parents left their native State for Missouri in 1838, and located in Benton County, near Warsaw, where the father entered land at the Springfield land sales. Here he died August 13, 1863, being shot by militia. William M. Wright came to Missouri with his parents when a lad of thirteen years. He spent his youth on the farm until 1884, when he purchased the ferry property at Warsaw, and this he has been engaged in running ever since, and it is said to be the oldest ferry on the Osage, having been established sometime in the 20’s. Aside from this Mr. Wright is also occupied in agricultural pursuits, and has been quite successful. His first marriage was in Benton County, Mo., to Miss Elizabeth Powers, a native of Missouri, where she was reared. She died in 1850. Mr. Wright was married in Henry County, Mo., to Miss Sarah L. Higden, a native of Kentucky, but who was reared in Missouri. This wife died in 1879. Mr. Wright is a member of the Baptist Church, and one of the first-class citizens of the county. One son, John Edward, was born to his first marriage. He grew to manhood in Benton County, was here married to Miss Lizzie Denison, a native of Missouri, and to them were born two children—Mattie E. and Charles C. Mr. Wright and son, John Edward, are the owners of 400 acres of land, with about 300 acres under cultivation.

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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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