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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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Hon. William C. Price was born in Jackson County, Tenn., on March 11, 1821. His father, Campbell Price, was a native of South Carolina, who removed his family to Benton, then Washington County, Ark., in 1829. Thence he removed to Bowers Mill, in what is now Lawrence County, Mo., late in 1833. The next year he went to Newton County, coming to McDonald County in 1835. He entered government land and settled where the subject of this sketch now resides. It was here that he reared his family and passed the remainder of his days. Hon. William C. Price grew to manhood at the home of his parents, assisting in the work of the farm. He can remember when wild animals were very plentiful in the region of his home, and Indians often hunted up and down the valleys. On February 1, 1844, Mr. Price was united in marriage with Clarinda, a daughter of James F. Beeman, and to them were born twelve children. Those of their children who are living are as follows: Luke L. (who married Martha V. Wimpy, and has two children), Mary L. A. (who married Thomas Elliott, and is the mother of seven children), Elizabeth T. (now the wife of Benjamin F. Austin, and the mother of six children), Nancy S. (the wife of George W. Mitchell, and the mother of five children), Sterling (who married Elzira Wilson, who is the mother of three children), Thomas, William C., Jr., and Clarinda E. Mr. Price is the owner of 224 acres of land under a good state of cultivation. Politically he is a Democrat, and his party has favored him with several important offices. For four years he served as sheriff of the county, and represented the same in the State Legislature from 1873 to 1877. For six years he served as superintendent of the United States Flouring Mills in the Seneca Nation, Indian Territory. During the Civil War he sympathized with the South, and served in the Confederate army as a member of Capt. Parks’ Company H, Second Cherokee Regiment, with which he participated in the battles of Fort Gibson and Armstrong Ford. Mr. Price is still a political leader, and is now serving as chairman of the county Democratic executive committee.

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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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