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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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Charles Baxter Moon was born in Monroe County, N. Y., June 19, 1825 and is the son of Peleg Baxter and Mehetabel (Taft) Moon. The parents were married in Herkimer County, N. Y., of which the father was a native. Benajor Moon, the grandfather of Charles Baxter Moon, was a native of Rhode Island, and served in the latter part of the Revolutionary War. His father was a native of Wales, and made a settlement in Rhode Island in the early history of that State. Peleg B. Moon served in the War of 1812, under Gen. Brown and rendered service at Plattsburg and Sacketts Harbor. His wife, nee Mehetabel Taft, was the daughter of Silas Taft, a native of Massachusetts, and of old stock in that State. Charles Baxter Moon reached the age of thirteen in New York State, and in May, 1837, his parents moved to Michigan, and located in Hillsdale County, where Charles made his home until 1858. In the meantime he had learned the shoemaker’s trade, and at the last mentioned date he moved to Illinois, where he remained until 1866. In that year he left Illinois and went to Linn County, Kas., remaining there until 1870, when he moved to Labette City, Labette Co., in the same State, and continued there until 1884, when he moved to Peirce City, Lawrence Co., Mo. While in Hillsdale County, Mich., and on the 19th of April, 1848, he married Miss Jane Pulver, daughter of William and Annie (Lord) Pulver, natives of New York. Mrs. Moon was born in Schoharie, N. Y., and to her marriage were born three children: Ella (Mrs. Frank Hazleton of Labette County, Kas.), Fannie (Mrs. Henry Harrison Patton, of Johnson County, Mo.), and Isaac Everett, who is a member the K. of L., and is a railroad man. Mr. Moon spent from 1852 to 1854 in California, where he went with a party consisting of sixty men and with about twenty-eight wagons in the train. April 13, 1852, the party made a trip over the Fremont trail, over Fort Kearney and all points of interest on the trail. Mr. Moon is a stockholder in the canning factory, and is now engaged in market gardening.

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