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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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Howard S. King, son of Charles H. and Prudence E. (Smith) King, was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1861. The father, Charles H., was born in the State of New York, and emigrated from that State to Chicago when that city was in its infancy. He there resumed the practice of his profession, law, with the firm of King, Kales & Johnson, and in connection with that calling also engaged in the real estate business, in which, as well as in the practice of law, he was eminently successful. He died in Chicago, when his son, Howard S., was but a lad. The mother, Prudence King, was the daughter of R. K. Smith, who was extensively engaged in the banking business, Mr. and Mrs. King were the parents of one child, Howard S. After the death of her husband Mrs. King married W. H. Christian, who was at that time a resident of Chicago, engaged in the counting-room of the Chicago Tribune, where he was thoroughly identified with the interests of that paper for about twenty-five years. June 16, 1888, he resigned his position on account of failing health, and moved to St. Louis with his family, where he remained but a short time, and subsequently moved to Greene Township, in Lawrence County, Mo. By his marriage he became the father of three children: Richard H., Daisee and Nora, who have been most favorably surrounded with educational advantages. The two eldest have received diplomas from Chicago’s School of Art, and Nora, the youngest, has gained a merited success by her elocutionary attainments. Howard S. King, after the death of his father, was reared by W. K. Smith, his grandfather, and immediately following the great fire of Chicago he moved to Pueblo, Col., where he engaged in stock raising, remaining but a short time, going from thence to Fremont County, where he again engaged in stock raising. In 1881 he moved to Lawrence County, Mo. In 1885 he married Miss Jessie W. Reed, who was born in Iowa, but who was reared in Greene Township, Lawrence Co., Mo. Her father was one of the earliest settlers of the county, having been there for twenty years. Mr. King has a fine farm of 150 acres, all well improved, and he is now engaged in raising blooded stock, etc.

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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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