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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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D. P. Webster, M. D., a prosperous physician of Pulaski County, Mo., was born in the “Buckeye State” in 1848, and is a son of John T. and Mary A. (Pulliam) Webster, who were born in Virginia in 1822, and Kentucky in 1824, respectively. The former died in 1881, but the latter is still living. The father was one of the worthy tillers of the soil, and at an early day moved from his native State to Ohio, thence to Illinois in 1856. He was the father of six sons, whose names are as follows: Nathan W., Norman, George W., Moody J., Dr. D. P. and J. G. George Webster, the paternal grandfather, was born in Virginia, and died in 1846. He was a private in the War of 1812, a boot and shoe maker by trade, and at an early day moved from Virginia to Ohio. His wife, whose maiden name was Nancy Erton, was born in Washington, D. C. The maternal grandparents, Nathan and Ann (Galloway) Pulliam, were born in Kentucky in 1789 and 1791, and died in 1858 and 1860 respectively. Nathan was a minister in the Christian Church, and moved from Kentucky to Ohio. Dr. D. P. Webster became a resident of Illinois when eight years of age, and spent his early life in that State, receiving his education in the Pittsfield High-school. After attaining a suitable age he began reading medicine under C. H. Doss, of Pittsfield, Ill., and from 1877 to, 1880 was a student in the American Medical College at St. Louis, Mo. He graduated in the latter year, and entered upon the practice of his profession at Hulls, Ill., where he remained two years. After a residence of two years in Greene County he located in Kansas, where he made his home until 1886, when he came to Dixon, Mo., and here has since made his home and established a good and lucrative practice. In 1878 Miss Annie Giles, who was born in Illinois in 1857, and is a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Crawford) Giles, became his wife, and is the mother of two children, Ethel, and Zoe, who died in infancy. Dr. Webster is a Republican in his political views, and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864. He is also a member of the Christian Church and the I. O. O. F. Mrs. Webster’s father and mother were born in Tennessee and Pennsylvania, in 1830 and 1836, respectively. The latter died in 1884.

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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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