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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson 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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Judge William F. Williams was born in Madison County, Mo., May 5, 1825, and is a son of James and Lydia (Waller) Williams, the former of whom, a native of Kentucky, came to Missouri when a young man. The parents first located in Perry County, Mo., thence moved to Madison, from there to Washington County, and in 1840 settled in Big River Township, Jefferson County. William F. was brought up on a farm, and his education was such as the subscription schools of the time in the old log schoolhouse afforded. He has devoted the greater portion of his life to the pursuit of agriculture, and has been engaged in mining to some extent. He was elected county judge of Jefferson County in 1872, and served six years. The gravel road from De Soto to Victoria, and also a part of the road from Morse’s Mill to St. Louis, were built under his administration. December17, 1851, he married Margaret, daughter of John Manion (deceased). Of the nine children born to this union six are living, viz.: L. Clementine (who married William Power, of Big River Township, and has two children: Estus and Mary), Laura J. (wife of Price Carrow, of De Soto, and the mother of one child—Clyde), Mary F., James A., Clyde and Ida B. Mr. Williams owns about 900 acres of land, which he devotes to farming and stock-raising. He also owns a store in De Soto. He is a member of the Hillsboro Lodge, No. 164, F. & A. M. Mrs. Williams died March 17,1878, a member of the Baptist Church, of which church Mr. Williams is also a member.

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