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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski 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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Commodore P. Christesson, farmer, of Union Township, Pulaski Co., Mo., and a native of the same, was born January 20, 1853, and is a son of Elijah and Lucretia (Carpenter) Christesson, the former being born in Kentucky in 1790, and died in 1875. He moved from his native State to Missouri in 1829, settling in Pulaski County, and after a short residence in Texas returned to Missouri, and spent the remainder of his days in tilling the soil. He was married five times, and became the father of eleven children, his last wife, the mother of Commodore P., bearing him six children. Only three of the number are living: Commodore P., Lafayette and James Pleasant. The maternal grandfather, Solomon Carpenter, was born in Tennessee in 1796, and died in 1871. He was a farmer by occupation, and was a soldier in the War of 1812, being a participant in the battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815, in which engagement he was wounded in the head. Commodore P. Christesson was reared and educated in his native county, and at the age of twenty-one years engaged in farming on his own responsibility. By industry and good management he has become the owner of 390 acres of land in three different tracts, and has 150 acres under good cultivation. His union with Miss Malinda Cain, who was born in Pulaski County February 11, 1857, has been blessed in the birth of six children, five of whom are living: Elijah C., Lillie P., William C., Commodore F. and Mary E. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and in 1876 cast his first presidential vote for R. B. Hayes. Mrs. Christesson’s father, George Cain, who was born in Pulaski County, a farmer by occupation, was twice married, his first wife being Elizabeth Jackson, by whom he became the father of nine children, seven of whom are living: Mary N. (Underwood), George W., Sarah F. (Christesson), Jesse R., Malinda S. (Christesson), Thomas G. and Louisiana C. (Drake). His second union was blessed in the birth of four children, three living: Isaac, Lizzie O. and William.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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