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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas 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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Warrenton Hunt, liveryman and farmer, of Buffalo, Mo., was born in Washington County, Tenn., November 22, 1835, and is a son of Dr. Peter and Easter (Morrison) Hunt, who were also natives of that State and county. They immigrated to Dallas County, Mo., in the spring of 1840, and located on what is known as the Straitor farm, near the Rock Spring Camp-ground. Here they resided until after the war, then went to Arkansas for the father’s health, but his death occurred in Polk County in 1874. He was a practicing physician, which profession he carried on in connection with farming, and bore an excellent reputation among his medical brethren. His wife died in 1843. He was married four times, and reared a large family of children. Warrenton Hunt was about five years of age when he was brought to Dallas County, and was here reared to manhood on a farm. Owing to the scarcity of schools in his boyhood days, he received no schooling, but managed to acquire enough education by self-application to fit him for the ordinary business affairs of life. He remained with his father until the Rebellion broke out, then enlisted in the Home Guards, but after a short time was furloughed and returned home and engaged in threshing wheat. He followed this occupation for two years, and as the men were all serving in the war, he was assisted in this work by the women. He then joined Company H, Eighth Regiment Enrolled Missouri Militia, and served until the close of the war as commissary sergeant, and participated in several hard skirmishes, but in no regular fight. In 1865 he returned home, and purchased 183 acres of land, all under fence and well improved, where he continued to reside and deal in stock until November, 1885, when he moved to Buffalo, and engaged in his present business, in which he has been quite successful. September 12, 1869, he was married to Miss Martha Olinger, by whom he has six sons and one daughter: William T., James R., Ella (wife of G. B. Austin), Adolphus F., Marcus F., Jasper I. and Varda V. Mr. Hunt is a member of the A. O. U. W., and he and wife belong to the Missionary Baptist Church.

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