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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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JOEL H. WARREN, M. D., is a pioneer physician of Knobnoster, Johnson County, and though a native of Lee County, Va., has lived in Missouri since he was a year old, and has literally grown up with the country. He has been successfully engaged in practice for over forty-five years, and is known far and wide as one of the leading members of the profession in this state. It would be hard to find a man who has more friends and fewer enemies, for he is universally beloved and respected. His goodness of heart and kindness of disposition are marked characteristics, and the poor and needy always find in him a friend.

Our subject’s parents, Martin and Nancy (Hubbard) Warren, were natives of Kentucky and Virginia, respectively. The father removed from the Blue Grass State to the Old Dominion in early manhood, and was married there. In 1819 he emigrated to Missouri and followed the occupation of farmer in Lafayette County until he was summoned to the better land, in 1840. His wife had died some six years before, in 1834.

The birth of Dr. J. H. Warren occurred December 27, 1818, and his early years were passed on his father’s farm. His primary education was obtained in the old-fashioned log schoolhouses which were prevalent in his youth. When he was in his nineteenth year he turned his attention to teaching, and continued in that vocation for two years. For the following two years he was employed in agricultural pursuits, and about this time moved to Johnson County. Settling at Warrensburg, he took up the study of medicine, with Dr. Calhoun as his preceptor, and in 1849 began to practice to some extent in Warrensburg. Subsequently he removed to Cass County, Mo., where he practiced for twelve years, or up to the breaking out of the war. He enlisted in the Fifth Missouri State Militia, acting as Surgeon for his regiment for a period of two years. In the fall of 1863 he became a resident of Knobnoster, where he has since been uninterruptedly engaged in practice. He was graduated from the St. Louis Medical College in 1858, and has been a life-long student of everything relating to medical work.

In 1840 Dr. Warren married Miss Sarah Warren, who died in 1866, leaving one child, who has also departed this life. In 1868 the Doctor married Sue, daughter of James and Kittie Young, natives of Kentucky. They have never had any children of their own, but have given a home to no less than five. Mollie DeJornett is now the wife of George Jackson, of Ft. Scott, Kan.; the others were Jennie and Susie, J. D. and W. S. MaCrae. They have all grown to maturity and are highly respected and useful citizens of the community in which they dwell.

It is now some fifty-five years since Dr. Warren became a member of the Christian Church, in which he is a valued and efficient worker. He has long been a member of the Masonic order, and is connected with Knobnoster Lodge No. 245. Politically he is a loyal Republican, and has an abiding faith in the principles of his party.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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