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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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William Warren, a well-to-do farmer of McDonald County, Mo., was born near Nashville, in Robertson County, Tenn., on December 16, 1825. He is a son of Sebert Warren, a native of Virginia, who was born near Richmond in 1790. The latter was a soldier in the War of 1812, fighting under Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. He left the “Old Dominion” and removed to Polk County, Mo., in 1851. It was here that he passed away in 1853, after which his widow removed to Mercer County, Mo., in 1854. Thence she went to Marion County, Ill., in 1864, where she died two years later, in 1866. William Warren attended the subscription schools of his native county, and came with his parents to Missouri. He also removed to Illinois with his mother, remaining with her until her death. In the fall of the following year, he settled where he now resides, in Pineville Township. He devotes his time to agricultural pursuits and stock raising, owning a fine farm of 240 acres. On March 14, 1861, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Agnes M. Cross, a daughter of James Poague, and to them have been born seven children, of whom four, Louis, Rosetta, Charles Wesley and Hessie, are living. One son, James R., died just after he had reached his majority. Mrs. Warren and her daughter, Rosetta, are consis­tent members 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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