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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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D. T. Wainright, Jr., was born near Monticello, Lewis Co., Mo., September 12, 1856, and is the son of Rev. D. T. Wainright and Amanda F. (Agee) Wainright (see sketch of D. T. Wainright, Sr., above). D. T. Wainright, Jr., attained his growth in his native State, and secured a good common education in the schools of his locality, and also attended a scientific and classical course at Monticello Seminary, graduating from the same with honor in 1873, at the age of seventeen. He then engaged in teaching school, and soon after became a clerk in a mercantile house and has followed this business ever since. In September, 1883, he opened a general store at Pioneer, Barry County, but sold out in the fall of 1887, and purchased the stock of dry goods of J. H. Wooldridge, in Peirce City, Mo., and in July, 1888, he sold one-half of his interest to his oldest brother, W. M. Wainright, and they are now conducting said business under firm name of Wainright Bros. He chose his companion in life and was married at Quincy, Ill., October 22, 1879, to Miss Sallie H. Odor, the daughter of William and Louisa (Remington) Odor, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, and of old stock of that State. To Mr. and Mrs. Wainright were born three children: Bernice Vivian, who was born September 26, 1880, and died at Joplin, Mo., August 24, 1881; Lola Olivia, born January 15, 1882, and Stella Maud, born January 11, 1885. Mr. Wainright is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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