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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Eleven Caulk, one of the oldest residents of McDonald County, Mo., was born in Guilford County, N. C., on March 5, 1809. He is son of Henry Caulk (deceased), who was also a native of the “Old North State,” born of Irish parentage. Eleven Caulk was reared at his father’s home, and received a limited education in the subscription schools of those days. He early chose farming as his life vocation, and left his native State for Lincoln County, Ky., in 1830. Three years later he went to Independence, Mo., and in 1836 came to McDonald County, then a part of Newton County. The country was very sparsely settled, there being but one house where Neosho now stands, and one house between the latter and Mr. Caulk’s home. For several years he worked as a farm laborer, and in 1850 drove an ox-team to California, walking the most of the way. Reaching the “Eldorado,” he began mining, which he continued for five years, during a part of which time he also sold goods, and then returned to Missouri, locating where he now resides. He has since devoted his time and attention to farming and stock raising, and is the owner of 240 acres of McDonald County’s best land. His marriage with Rhoda Schrimsher was celebrated on August 20, 1842, and to them have been born fourteen children. Those living are Milton M., Mary A., Edward L., Pleasant H., Fannie E., Elmira and Laura. One daughter, Margaret, died after reaching womanhood, leaving a husband and three children. Milton married Melinda J. McMillen, and lives on a part of the homestead. He has seven children, namely: Nellie, Edward, Lena, Rosa, Arthur, Rhoda and Lemuel. Mary first married John Rogers, and had three children, of whom one, Ellen, is living. After Mr. Rogers’ death she married John Caulk, of Seneca Nation, Indian Territory, and has three children by him: Bessie, Jesse and an infant daughter. Pleasant married Dora Buzzard, and resides in Seneca Nation. Fannie married William H. Gray, of Tiff City, and to them have been born two children, Elmira and Ora. Elmira married David Crawford, of Washington Territory, and has one child, Ollie. Margaret was married to Henry C. Hall, and is the mother of four children, viz.: Robert, Newton, Henry and Dora. The family are communicants of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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