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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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William J. Yowell, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Phelps County, Mo., in 1855, and is a son of Easton and Nancy J. (Bradford) Yowell, who were born in Kentucky and Missouri in 1822 and 1832, respectively. The father was of Scotch descent, and a farmer by occupation, and when young immigrated with his parents to Phelps County, Mo., where he married and died, the latter event taking place in 1859. His widow still survives him, and is living with her second husband, J. H. Wilson. William J. Yowell is the third of five children, and resided with his mother and step-father until he attained his majority. He attended the district schools until he was sixteen years of age, and then completed his education in the high-school of Spring Creek, graduating at the age of nineteen years. Miss Ida Walters, a daughter of Joseph and Mary E. (Morris) Walters, became his wife in 1877. She was born in Platte County, Mo., in 1862, and is the mother of two children. After his marriage Mr. Yowell located in Platte County, where he resided six years, and then came to Pulaski County and purchased the farm of 126 acres where he now lives. He has 110 acres under cultivation, and his farm ranks among the best in the county. He is quite extensively engaged in stock-raising, and ships from three to five car loads of cattle and hogs annually. He is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. His wife belongs to the Christian 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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