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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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Willis R. Cox was born in Lincoln County, Ky., on February 29, 1828, and is a son of William B. Cox (deceased), a native of Culpeper County, Va. The latter immigrated with his family to Warren County, Mo., in 1828, afterward locating successively in Montgomery and Pike Counties. Willis R. received a fair education in the subscription schools of Missouri, and learned the cabinetmaker’s trade. When a young man he began making fanning mills, which he continued for ten years, until the separator threshers ruined his business. He afterward followed contracting and building until about 1876, since which time he has been engaged in farming. In the fall of 1852 he came to McDonald County, settling in Pineville, but located on his present farm in 1873. His marriage with Eliza DeHaven, a daughter of William DeHaven, deceased, was celebrated on April 17, 1853. She was born in Parke County, Ind., and her father was a native of Breckenridge County, Ky. Their marriage has been blessed by the birth of eight children, five of whom, Albert, Lee, Belle, Leonard and Charles, are living. Albert married Margaret Teague, and now resides in Springfield, Mo. They have three children: Clarence, Clide and Blanche. Belle married Samuel L. Prater, of McDonald County, and has two children: Lillie May and Leroy. Mr. Cox owns 128 acres of land, and is engaged in farming, stock raising and fruit growing. He has never desired nor sought official honors; on the contrary he was one time elected county treasurer, but declined to serve. In politics he adheres to the principles of the Democratic party, and is a Mason and an Odd Fellow.

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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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