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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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George Colbert was born in Barren County, Ky., August 3, 1829, and is the son of William and Orpha (Sultzer) Colbert, both descendants of old families in Kentucky. On the Colbert side we find these ancestors serving in the Black Hawk War and in the War of 1812. In 1852 George Colbert moved to Missouri, settled in Jasper County, but finally sold out and moved to Lawrence County, where he married Miss Elizabeth Ethridge, daughter of John J. and Patience (Rochelle) Ethridge, of Tennessee. The fruit of Mr. and Mrs. Colbert’s marriage was two sons and three daughters: Mary Patience (wife of James Hickey), John P., Sarah Jane, James Washington and Alice Almeda. During the late trouble between the North and South Mr. Colbert served in the Confederate army three months, and then was honorably discharged on account of ill-health. Mr. and Mrs. Colbert are worthy and consistent members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and are much respected citizens.

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