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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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Dwight Bacon. The early members of the Bacon family came from England to the United States, and were among the first Puritan settlers of Connecticut. They were soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and Pascal Bacon grandfather of Dwight, was born and reared in the “Nutmeg State.” He was married to Betsey Fuller, and Dwight, Jarvis, Jewett, Morgan, Lawton L. and Ira were their children. He was a farmer, and lived to be ninety-four years of age. The son, Lawton L., was born near Hartford, Conn., and received a common-school education. At the age of eighteen years he wedded Maria Haskins, who afterward died, having borne two children, Esther and Phoebe, both deceased. Soon after his marriage he went to Portage County, Ohio, his father accompanying him and giving him a farm. Here he lived for many years. His second wife was Maria Goodsell, a daughter of David Goodsell, and eight children were born to them: Annis, Elizabeth, Marilla, Dwight, Melissa, Guy, Henry and Emery. In 1847 Mr. Bacon moved to Missouri, and in 1857 came to Lawrence County, but two years later moved to Barry County, where he still resides aged eighty-seven years: He is a Democrat. Dwight Bacon, son of the above was born in Portage County, Ohio, in 1835, and his early days were spent in working on the farm and in attending the common schools. When twelve years old he was brought to Missouri, and in 1861, at the age of twenty-eight years, was married to Mary J. Jones, and the following are their children: Henry, Joseph Moline, Ira, Emery and Edgar. Two died in childhood. In 1878 Mrs. Bacon died, and he then married Ellen Buttrick, daughter of William Buttrick, and they have one child—Jane. Mr. Bacon served one year in the Missouri State Militia, and was in several skirmishes. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church, and he is a Republican. He owns 230 acres of land, and has given his son Henry eighty acres, and his son Joseph thirty acres, and money equivalent to the others.

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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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