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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin 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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James N. Cardwell is a native of Claiborne County, Term., and was born in 1835. He was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools of his native county. He began life for himself at the age of fifteen years, from which time, until her death, he supported his widowed mother. At the age of twenty he removed to Indiana, about one year later came to Pacific, Mo., where he remained one winter, then went to Jefferson County, and later to Washington County, where he remained until the fall of 1861, when he enlisted in the Missouri State Militia for a term of six months, and was mustered out January 8, 1862. March 8, 1862, he re-enlisted in Company G, Fifth Missouri Cavalry, was quartermaster sergeant of his company, which operated in Missouri and Arkansas, and was mustered out at Rolla, Mo., April 13, 1865. After the close of the war Mr. Cardwell returned to Franklin County, farmed one season, and then opened a store at Virginia Mines; four years later he went to Texas County, Mo., and ran a general store until the fall of 1874, when he removed to his present farm of 200 acres. He was married in 1873 to Miss Susan L. Worsham, a native of Texas County, Mo., and a daughter of Peter R. and Nancy (Scott) Worsham, natives of Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Cardwell have four children: Oley S., Affle B., Nicholas and Roscoe. Mrs. Cardwell is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Previous to the war Mr. Cardwell was a Democrat, but since then has been a radical Republican. He was appointed justice of the peace, and served about one and one-half years. He was the tenth of the eleven children of Rial and Annie (Claypool) Cardwell. Rial Cardwell, a son of John Cardwell, died about 1838; the grandfather was a soldier in the Revolution. Mrs. Annie Cardwell was a daughter of David Claypool, and died in 1856, aged sixty years.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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