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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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Clinton D. Lanier, farmer at Mount Vernon, Mo., is of French-Welsh extraction, and a grandson of Collins Lanier, who came from Virginia, and settled on a farm in Southwest Kentucky at a very early day. His son, James H. Lanier, was born near Nashville, Tenn. He married Sarah Lewis, and to them were born seven children: Lucy J., William S., Granville M., Louis M., Richard T., Mary R. and Clinton D. Mr. Lanier came to Lawrence County, Mo., in 1853, and settled two miles east of Heaton, Lincoln Township. He died in 1862. He was an old-line Whig in politics, and was universally respected by all who knew him. His son, Clinton D., was born in Warren County, Ky., in 1841, and attained his growth on a farm. In 1853 he came to this county, and received a good common-school education. In 1861 he enlisted in the Home Guards, and served three months. He then went to Kansas, and in the spring of 1860 enlisted in the Fourteenth Regiment Missouri State Militia as a private, and came out with a captain’s commission, Company A, Twentieth Regiment Missouri Infantry. He was in a great many skirmishes with the bushwhackers, and served about eighteen months. In March, 1864, he married Miss Virginia L. LeBow, daughter of Jacob L. and Louisa (Henderson) LeBow. Mr. LeBow was one of the earliest settlers of Lawrence County, from Indiana, leaving the last named State in 1836 or 1838, and settling on the farm now owned by Mr. Lanier and family. They reared a family of twelve children: Harriet R., John, Amanda L., Lucinda C., Catherine T., Jacob W. L., Joseph L., Francis M., Mastin M., Louisa A., Missouri J., Virginia L. Mr. Lebow died in 1883, at the age of eighty-four. He was a native of East Tennessee, of German descent, and much respected by all who knew him. To Mr. and Mrs. Lanier were born eight children: Leonard A., Henry S., Ora M., Jesse K., Euclid C., Clarence V., C. D. and Halley O. In 1864 Mr. and Mrs. Lanier settled on a farm near Heaton, this county, where they remained until October, 1881, when they returned to the old homestead. Mr. Lanier is a Republican in politics, casting his first presidential vote for A. Lincoln. Mr. Lanier is an honorable and upright citizen.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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