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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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Edward G. Williams, county and probate clerk of Pulaski County, Mo., is a native of Bedford County, Va., born in 1843, and is a son of Edward D. and Martha E. (Jones) Williams, and grandson of Samuel Williams, who was a Virginian by birth, and died about 1848. Edward D. Williams and his wife were born in Cumberland County, Va., in 1806, and removed to Phelps County, Mo., in 1867, where the father died in 1887. While residing in his native State he was hotel proprietor at Christiansburg and Jacksonville, but the latter portion of his life was spent in farming. His wife is yet living, and resides in Roanoke, Va. The following are her children who are living: Samuel G., an attorney of Roanoke, Va.; Martha E., widow of A. L. Staff, of Rolla, Mo.; Albert W., traveling for a wholesale clothing house of Baltimore, Md.; Henrietta B., wife of Samuel B. Thurman, of Lynchburg, Va.; Marie S., wife of William E. Webber, of Phelps County, Mo.; Edward G., and James M., a salesman in a grocery store at Springfield, Mo. Edward G. Williams began his business career by clerking in a store in Lynchburg, Va., but at the end of two years entered the army. In February, 1861, he enlisted in Company E, Eleventh Virginia Infantry, Confederate States Army, and was in the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, the seven days fight below Richmond, Plymouth, Drury’s Bluff, Dranesville, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Fredericksburg, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Boonsboro and Gettysburgh, receiving a severe wound in the leg at the engagement at Drury’s Bluff. The leg was amputated the same day, and he was in the hospital at Richmond, Va., for seven weeks, and was then sent home. He was orderly-sergeant of his company for about one year. In 1866 he left his native State and came westward, locating in Rolla, Mo., and in February, 1869, became a citizen of Waynesville, having been appointed to the office of deputy clerk of the circuit, county and probate court. In 1874 he was elected circuit and county clerk of Pulaski County, serving four years, and from 1878 to 1882 clerked in a store in Hancock. At the latter date he was elected county clerk, and was appointed probate clerk, being re-elected county clerk in 1886, and re-appointed probate clerk. He is now faithfully filling the duties of these offices. February 15, 1885, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Emeline Bostic, who was born in Randolph County, N. C., in 1845. He is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Horace Greeley in 1872.

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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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