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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton 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 M. Burnsides, who has been a resident of Benton County, Mo., the past six years, is a native of Kansas City, Mo., born January 25, 1864, and is the son of Joseph and Nancy (Kid) Burnsides. Their family consisted of five children: Mildred, now living in Kansas; Alice, also living in Kansas; William M. and James (deceased). William M. Burnsides was reared in Kansas City, and July 15, 1885, he was united in marriage to Miss Celia Polston, daughter of Greenberry and Malinda (Leihew) Polston, and a native of Illinois, born January 25, 1861 She is one of twelve children, viz.: America (deceased), Josephine, wife of W. H. Baldwin, now in Idaho; George W. (deceased), John Thomas (deceased), Greenberry (deceased), Louisa (deceased), William H., now in Benton County; Celia, Acel M., now at home, and James. In 1888 Mr. Burnsides purchased the land where he now lives, which consists of forty acres of improved land. He clerked in a store at Hastain before buying his farm, and at present he is engaged in learning the miller’s trade. Politically Mr. Burnsides is a member of the Democratic party. He and wife are members of the Wheel Reliance.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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