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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede 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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Theodore A. Booton (deceased) was a successful farmer and stock raiser of Laclede County, Mo., and was born in the “Sucker State “ in 1838, being a son of Laban and Catherine (Shoemaker) Booton, who were farmers, and natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively, and were of German lineage. Theodore A. Booton was taken by his parents to Knox County, Ill., when a child, and was reared to manhood on a farm, and educated in the schools of Knox County and Peoria. When starting out in life for himself he located on a farm near the home place, where he continued to reside until 1872, when his health became very much impaired, and he and family went to California, where they resided one year. From that time until 1883 they resided in Illinois, and at the latter date sold their property and came to Missouri, taking up their abode near Lebanon, where Mr. Booton was quite extensively engaged in farming and stock raising. He died on the 9th of July, 1886. He served three years in the Seventh Illinois Cavalry Regiment during the late war, and was severely wounded twice. His wife was born in Knox County in 1846, and is a daughter of Asa and Mary (Gaddis) Haynes, who were born in New York and Pennsylvania, respectively. They located in Illinois in 1836, the father being still alive and a resident of Knox County, but the mother died in 1884, having borne a family of eight children, seven of whom are living: Margaret, Elizabeth, Clark, Ann, Nancy, Ellen and Charles. Ellen is the widow of Mr. Booton, by whom she became the mother of six children: Jessie, Clara, Minnie, Theodore, Louella and Leon. Mrs. Booton has a good farm of 290 acres, with 200 under cultivation, and also deals quite extensively in stock. Her husband was a member of the G. A. R., of Lebanon. He died of disease contracted in the army.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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