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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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Benjamin W. Bond was born January 8, 1842, in Wayne County, Ky., and is the son of William P. and Clara (Bond) Bond. The father was born in Henry County, Tenn., and lived there until twenty-four or twenty-five years of age, when he went to Kentucky, and there married Miss Clara Bond, a native of Wayne County, Ky., and his own cousin. Seven children were born to this union, four now living: Benjamin W., Isaac W., Ruth J. and James T. Those deceased were Martha J., Burton M. and an infant unnamed. Mr. Bond was in the Black Hawk War, and served one year. He moved from Tennessee to Kentucky, and after remaining there three years removed to Missouri, and resided in Miller County for seven years. Then after a two years’ residence in Moniteau County he went to Arkansas, where he passed the remainder of his days. He died October 8, 1859. The mother is now living in Arkansas, and is seventy-two years of age. Benjamin W. Bond, on February 9, 1862, enlisted in Company N, Sixth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and served twenty-two months. He participated in the battles of Lone Jack, Newtonia, Cone Hill, Ark., where he was wounded. He was sent to the hospital at Fayetteville, where he remained about two months. He went from there to Fort Scott, Kas., and was under treatment there for several weeks. He was then transferred to Leavenworth, and there remained seven months, when he was discharged from service. He went from there to Douglas County, Kas., where, in October, 1863, he married Miss Susan Blenton, and by her is the father of six children, all living: Clara, William M., Sarah E., Josephine, James C. and Elvira. Mr. Bond lived in Kansas, for about three years, and here followed farming. He then moved to Lawrence County, Mo., and here he has since resided. Mr. Bond has a farm of eighty acres, sixty-five under cultivation, and is a good farmer and citizen. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and his wife is a member of the Christian Church.

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