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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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J. Forsythe, vice-president of the Lawrence County Bank, is a native of Tennessee, born near Chattanooga, August 31, 1848, and is the son of Beaty and Isabel (Stancil) Forsythe, both natives of Kentucky, and both of unusual stature. They were both of the Methodist faith. Beaty Forsythe left Tennessee in 1852 and in the following year he located in Vineyard Township, where he remained until his death, which occurred in 1872. Mrs. Forsythe is still living. Eleven children, nine sons and two daughters, were born to their marriage, five sons and one daughter still surviving. J. Forsythe, the subject of this sketch, grew to manhood in Lawrence County, and in 1868 he, in company with his father and elder brother, engaged in the cattle business on a ranch, and has followed this in connection with his milling and banking business interests. In 1871 the brothers bought the Brower’s roller mills, at Brower’s Mill Post office, and this they rebuilt in 1885. The same year Mr. Forsythe took stock in the Lawrence County Bank, and in 1887 he was elected vice-president of the same. He married Miss Virginia Colley, daughter of Price and Milley (Camden) Colley, both natives of Virginia. To Mr. and Mrs. Forsythe were born two daughters, Jessie and Charlotta. Mrs. Forsythe is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Forsythe is a member of the I. O. O. F.

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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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