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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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Reason Vermillion, a well-to-do farmer of Capp’s Creek Township County, residing four and one-half miles southwest of Monett, is a native of the county, born in 1848. He is a son of Uriah and Matilda (Etheridge) Vermillion. Uriah Vermillion was born in Ohio in 1820, and was a farmer by vocation. When a boy he drove a yoke of oxen to Barry County, Mo., for his father, Reuben Vermillion, who settled where Monett is now located. The latter was a pioneer settler of the county, which at that time was an unbroken wilderness, teeming with wild animals and Indians. He became the owner of 320 acres of land, which he sold about 1859 and removed to Laclede County, Mo., where, about 1870, he was killed in a storm. He was highly esteemed in Southwest Missouri, and was a devoted Christian, having been a minister in the Regular Baptist Church for over forty years. He was the father of twelve children, five girls and seven boys. Uriah was his second child. He was reared on his father’s farm, and after his marriage located near the old homestead. His death occurred in 1865. His wife was born in Tennessee, and died in 1874. They were the parents of eleven children, seven of whom are living. Reason Vermillion is their eldest child. He grew to manhood on the farm, making his home with his parents until their deaths, after which he remained with his brothers and sisters until they attained mature years. He received his portion, of the old homestead, and as the other heirs became of age purchased their interests, until he finally owned the entire farm. In 1888 he purchased the old Hudson farm of 220 acres, on which he now resides. In November, 1874, he married Mary C. Meador, a native of McDonald County, Mo. To them have been born six children, viz.: William E. (deceased), Walter A. (an infant, deceased), Luther D., George H. (deceased), and Ethie Jane (deceased). Mr. Vermillion is a stanch Republican, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church.

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