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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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John Price, proprietor of a grist and saw-mill in Liberty Township, and also a farmer and stock dealer of the same, was born in Washington County, Tenn., in 1850, and is a son of Hiram and Lucinda Jane (Craddock) Price, who were probably Tennesseeans, and came to Ozark County, Mo., about 1854, where they resided a number of years, and from 1860 to 1865 lived in Adair County. From that time until 1878 they again resided in Ozark County, and after a residence of about five years in Texas took up their abode in Laclede County, Mo., where they now make their home. The father is a successful farmer and stock dealer, and for some years sold goods on his farm. He has been married twice. His first wife died about 1852, and he afterward married Miss Nancy J. Smith, by whom he had three children, two of whom are living. Both he and wife have been members of the Baptist Church for many years. John Price is the younger of two children, his sister, Mary Ann, being the wife of J. W. Hawkins, of Ozark County, Mo. John’s early days were spent in Ozark and Adair Counties, but his educational advantages were quite limited. After the war he attended school for about twelve months, and received more practical benefit from this schooling than from all his previous attendance. He was married in Webster County, Mo., when but eighteen years of age, to Sarah E. Williams, who was born in Tennessee, and died in 1874, having borne three children. Mr. Price’s second marriage was consummated March 9, 1880, to Malinda J., daughter of Daniel Smith, formerly of Kentucky. She was born in Pulaski County, and became the mother of two children. Mr. Price resided in Ozark County a few years after his first marriage, and after living about one year in Texas came to Pulaski County, and was engaged in stock trading in Richland until 1886, when he located on his present farm. He has 120 acres of land in two farms, all of which he has earned by his own effort, and has a fine residence, which he has erected since his purchase. He is a Democrat in politics, and has served as constable and deputy sheriff; he is a member of the A. O. U. W., Lodge No. 115, and the Select Knights, Lodge No. 212. He is a liberal contributor to all public enterprises, and spares no pains to give his children good educations. Mrs. Price is a member of the Baptist Church.

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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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