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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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Wellington Barlow, a farmer and nurseryman of Liberty Township, was born in Washington County, Va., in 1822, and was the sixth in the family of ten children born to Jacob and Dorcas (Gross) Barlow. Jacob Barlow, who was a soldier in the War of 1812, died about 1830. A part of the family subsequently removed to Kentucky, where the mother died about 1850. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and was a daughter of John Gross, an Englishman. Wellington received his education in the common subscription schools, to which he was obliged to walk several miles. January 1, 1845, he married Nancy, daughter of Nathaniel Stamper, a native of North Carolina, but one of the pioneers of Kentucky, where Mrs. Barlow was born. Mr. Stamper afterward removed to Missouri, where he lived until his death, which occurred about 1883. Of the twelve children born to Mr. and Mrs. Barlow, six are now living: Pennis, Joseph W., Sarah (wife of John Nelson), R. Lincoln, Catherine and Sherman. In 1848 Mr. Barlow removed to near Burlington, Iowa, where he lived until 1866, then coming to Pulaski County, Mo., on the Gasconade, where he has since improved and still owns a good farm of 160 acres, on which, in 1868, he established a nursery. In this business he has been very successful. He raises some small stock, but pays particular attention to the growth of apple and peach trees. Mr. Barlow is a Democrat in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Polk in 1844. He has been a member of the Baptist Church since about 1840. Mrs. Barlow died in the fall of 1877, having also been a member of the Baptist Church for many years.

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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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