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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 R. D. Mabry, postmaster at Cole Camp, Mo., is a native of Missouri, born in Pettis County, April 12, 1842, and is the son of R. G. Mabry, a native of Kentucky, born in Logan County, July 1, 1814. The latter was fourteen years of age when his parents moved to Illinois, in 1828. They settled in Marion County, and here R. G. Mabry grew to mature years, and married Miss Martha Jane Ray, a native of Mercer County, Ky. She is the granddaughter of old Gen. Ray, of Kentucky. After marriage they resided in Illinois until 1841, when they moved to Missouri, and located in Pettis County. In 1849 he moved to Benton County, Mo., and is now residing in Cole Camp, Mo. He was a soldier in the Mexican War. His only child, the subject of this sketch, was reared in Benton County, and June 10, 1861, he enlisted in the Home Guards. He entered the volunteer service March 13, 1862, in Company E, Seventh Cavalry. Missouri State Militia, as a private; was promoted to corporal, sergeant and sergeant-major. He participated in thirteen different engagements, and was discharged at St. Louis April 11, 1865; returned home, and April 21, 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Amanda J. Fowler, a native of Benton County, and the daughter of Samuel Fowler, one of the pioneers of Maryland. Mr. Mabry has held several official positions, serving as census enumerator in 1880; also served as justice of the peace, and was appointed postmaster at Cole Camp, August 20, 1885. He taught school up to 1886; was an able educator and a good disciplinarian. He is active in politics, and has always advocated the principles of Democracy. Mr. Mabry is the owner of a farm near Cole Camp, and has, in connection with his other business enterprises, engaged in farming and stock-raising. He lost his first wife October 22, 1873. Four children were born to this union: W. R. D., E. F., Samuel A., assistant postmaster, and Mary M. Mr. Mabry married his second wife, Mrs. Josephine Crawford, January 21, 1883. She was born in Benton County; was a widow, and the daughter of L. Palmer. Three children have been born to this union: Grover C., Emma L. and Rosa Elizabeth. Mr. Mabry is a member of the G. A. R. organization.

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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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