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Below is a family biography included in The History of Hickory 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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Francis Marion Wilson, clerk of the county court of Hickory County, Mo., was born in Callaway County, Mo., January 24, 1848. After reaching the age of eighteen in Miller County, he came to Hickory County and began the study of law, being admitted to practice in the courts of Benton County, Mo., June 27, 1874. In 1882 he was elected prosecuting attorney of the county on the Republican ticket, was re-elected in 1884, and in 1886 was elected to his present position, the duties of which he is discharging in a very efficient manner. March 28, 1872, he was married to Miss Mary Alexander, who was born in Tennessee in 1853, and by her has the following family : Ulysses, Eudora L., Eugenie, Eunice E., Vide and George. The paternal great-grandfather was of Scotch and Swiss origin; his son Isaac, the paternal grandfather, was born in Kentucky, and died in Laclede County, Mo. George Wilson, the father of our subject, was born in Whitley County, Ky., November 8, 1827, but was taken by his parents to Illinois when quite young, finally back to Tennessee, then to Missouri, locating in Miller County, and is now keeping a hotel in Hermitage. He volunteered for the Mexican War, but did not go to the field, and during the late war he served in the Federal army (Tenth Missouri Cavalry) for some time. His wife, whose maiden name was Eliza Jones, was born in Wythe County, Va., July 19, 1827, and is a daughter of Hiram Jones, who came from Wythe County, Va., and died in Miller County, Mo., in 1867, having followed the occupation of farming throughout life. The family name was originally spelled Willson.

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This family biography is one of 53 biographies included in The History of Hickory County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Hickory County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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