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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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David A. Wilson was born in McMinn County, Tenn., December 12, 1825, and is a son of Hugh P. and Nancy (Culton) Wilson, who were also born in Tennessee, the former in Blount County in 1800. He was a son of David Wilson, and was of Scotch-Irish descent. He died in Meigs County in 1848, aged about seventy-five years. Hugh P. was his third child. He resides in McMinn County, and he and wife became the parents of ten children, six now living: Francis M. (who died of small-pox while serving in the United States army, East Tennessee Twelfth Cavalry), James M., David A., Wilburn H., John (who died in Barry County in 1884), Jane (Burke), Nancy (Prickett), Mary (Gregory), Margaret (Underdonn; she died leaving a family of five children), and Patrick (who died in Tennessee just before the war). The mother of these children died in 1873 and the father took for his second wife Betsey Sloup. David A. Wilson, the immediate subject of this biography, grew to maturity in Tennessee, where he received such educational advantages as the county afforded. He came to Missouri in the fall of 1852, and located in Barry County. From 1856 to 1859 he resided in Lawrence County, and then returned and located on his present farm During the war he first enlisted in the enrolled Militia, and was elected second lieutenant, but at the end of two years resigned and returned home on account of ill health. After he reached home he resumed agricultural pursuits, and soon after was elected judge of the county court, and was chosen presiding judge. He was married in 1846 to Amanda Burk, who was born in McMinn County Tenn., and their union resulted in the birth of ten children, seven now living. William C., the eldest, joined the army when he was about seventeen years old, and served six months; he died in 1876, being a graduate of a St. Louis medical college. Pope H. died in 1883. Alexander P. died at the age of seven years during the war. Those living are Harrison H., Timothy S., James R., Mary J. (Hilton), Elizabeth (Ellis), Sarah (Hubbard) and Minnie (Williams). Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and since 1860 he has been an elder in the same.

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