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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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Pleasant H. Wilson, a successful tiller of the soil in Hickory County, Mo., was born in Miller County, Mo., October 22, 1842, and is a son of Isaac and Mary (Woods) Wilson, who were both born in Tennessee, the former in Knox County. They were married in that State, and there resided until 1834, when they came to Miller County, Mo., and there made their home for twenty years, then moving to Laclede County, where the father died in 1866 or 1867. The mother had died a number of years earlier, and the father had afterward married Mrs. (Mayfield) Jones, who is also now deceased. Pleasant H. Wilson was the ninth of ten children (six of whom are now living), and was only fourteen years of age when he started out in life for himself. He went to Maries County, and for one year was employed on a farm at five dollars per month. He made three crops in Miller County, and in 1861 enlisted in Company B, Tenth Missouri Cavalry, but at the end of seven months was honorably discharged on account of disability, and returned to Miller County, but joined the State Militia, serving ten months. He then married Sophia, a daughter of Asa Burlingame. She was born in Ohio in 1844, and became the mother of five children, four of whom survive; Asa B., who is married, and lives near Garden City; George W., Effie F. and Eliza J. James Pleasant died when an infant. After his marriage Mr. Wilson farmed for one year in Miller County, then one year in Hickory and two years in Laclede County. He then returned to Hickory County, and purchased forty acres of land, and has continued to add to this purchase until he now owns 720 acres of some very fine land, all of which he has earned by industry and good management and the aid of his faithful wife. He is a Republican politically, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and four of their children are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.

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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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