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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, Sr., who is one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Newtonia, Newton Co., Mo., was born in Chenango County, N. Y., April 27, 1812, and is the son of Daniel and Hannah (Stricklen) Wainright, both natives of Monmouth, N. J. They moved from that State to New York, and lived in Chenango County for several years. In 1822 they moved to Clermont County, Ohio, and here both died, the mother in 1843, and the father in 1851. They were the parents of ten children, four sons and six daughters. In the year 1819 the eldest child married Gordon Williams, who was a slave-holder. All the sons, except the eldest, Jonathan, moved to Ohio. He lived in Allegany County, N. Y., and there remained until eighty-eight years of age. All this large family are now deceased, with the exception of the youngest daughter and the subject of this sketch. The youngest daughter married Joseph Marsh in Clermont County, Ohio, in 1832, and they are the parents of five children, who are now living and are residents of Ohio. D. T. Wainright, Sr., received a common-school education, learned the carpenter’s trade with his elder brother when but a lad, and also assisted on the farm. In the year 1830 he was converted, and in 1834 he was licensed to preach the Gospel by G. R. Jones, presiding elder of the Cincinnati District, Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was then on the West Union Circuit for six months, and the last half of the same year was on White Oak Circuit. In September, 1835, he was admitted as a member of the Ohio Annual Conference, and was then on the French Grant Circuit one year. He then traveled two years in the Kanawha District of West Virginia. At the conference of September, 1839, he located and moved to Lewis County, Mo. March 1, of the year previous to this, he married Miss Amanda F. Agee, who was a native of Buckingham County, Va. Mr. Wainright joined the Missouri Conference September, 1845, and traveled on the Shelby District. In 1847 failing health caused him to locate on a farm in Lewis County, Mo., where he remained until 1878, when he moved to Newton County, and settled in the village of Newtonia. He had the misfortune to lose his wife in 1879. Their union was blessed by the birth of ten children, five sons and five daughters, all born in Missouri with the exception of the eldest, Eugenia F. Wainright, who was born in Clermont County, Ohio, in 1843, and the youngest son, Samuel H., who was born in Adams County, Ill., in 1863. W. M. Wainright, the eldest son of D. T., Sr., received his education at Central College, Mo., and was ordained about 1875. He was transferred to East Texas Conference in 1886, on account of throat trouble, which he thought would be benefitted by change of climate. He was born July 10, 1850. Another son, George R. Wainright, was born November 29, 1853. Daniel Thomas Wainright, Jr., was born September 12, 1856. Charles F. Wainright was born July 11, 1858. Daniel, Charles and Samuel were educated at Monticello Seminary, in Lewis County, Mo., and Charles and Samuel graduated at the Missouri Medical College in St. Louis. Charles is practicing his profession in Shelbyville, Mo., and Samuel was appointed by the Missionary Board of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, to a professorship in a government school in Japan, in the city of Oita. Eugenia F. married John F. Boston; Julia E. married Addison King, and Sallie S. married William Burk. Mattie D. was born February 29, 1848.

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