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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 Pemberton may be mentioned as one of the prosperous farmers of Pulaski County, Mo. He was born near Paris, in Middle Tennessee, October 3, 1832, and is a son of Thomas and Dica (Winfrey) Pemberton, and grandson of William Pemberton, who was of German descent, a Virginian by birth, and immigrated to Kentucky at an early day, going from there to Illinois, where he died. His wife, whose maiden name was Nancy Skaggs, was also born in Virginia. The maternal grandparents, James and Winnie Winfrey, were also born in Virginia. Thomas and Dica Pemberton were born and married in Kentucky. They afterward moved to Missouri, and settled in what was then Miller County in 1834. Five years later he went to Illinois, and during a residence of five years in that State was engaged in farming. After returning to Missouri he resided two years in Miller County, and then moved to Camden County, where he died January 12, 1860. After his death his widow resided with her son William, and died at his home March 9, 1886. The following are their children: William, Alexander, Nancy, Eliza and Melvina. Winnie, Lewis and Ruthie are deceased. William Pemberton was brought to Missouri when about two years of age, and was reared to a farm life in Miller and Camden Counties. He received a fair education in the subscription schools of his day, and made his home with his parents until grown. At the age of twenty-two years he began farming for himself with his grandfather, and February, 23, 1854, was married to Lucinda Wade, a daughter of John and Rhoda (Barnett) Wade. She was born in Kentucky, and at the age of twelve years came to Missouri, and was married in Miller County to Mr. Pemberton, by whom she became the mother of ten children, five of whom are living: Thomas, Nancy J., Preston, Sarah M. and William R. In 1859 Mr. Pemberton located on his present farm of 220 acres, the country at that time being very sparsely settled, there being no schools or churches, and but one house between his home and Crocker. During the late war he did effective service in the State Militia, and with this exception has always lived the peaceful life of the farmer. He has always supported the Republican party, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 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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