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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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James W. Sutton is a descendant of an old American family who were pioneers of the State of Kentucky. Thomas Sutton, the grandfather of James W., was from Scotland, and settled in Kentucky, where he married Mahala Mitchell. They settled in Allen County, Ky., and reared a family of eight children: Enoch S., William V., Willis M., William C., Polly Mahala, Frances and Jane. Mr. Sutton moved with his family to Lawrence County, and settled in Mount Vernon Township, near the Big Spring. He died in 1870 at the age of fifty-six years. He was a Republican in his political views, and was a prosperous farmer and an industrious, upright man. He owned 520 acres of excellent land. He was a soldier in the State Militia. His son, James W. Sutton, was born in Missouri, in 1848, on his father’s farm. He received a common-school education, and chose for his companion in life, Miss Margaret Hillhouse, daughter of Robert and Mary Hillhouse. This union resulted in the birth of following four children: William R., Archey E., Pearley M. and James F. After marriage Mr. Sutton settled on a farm, and in 1880 he moved to his present farm. In his political opinions he is a Republican, and both himself and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he being an elder in the same. He was at one time a member of the Grange. Mr. Sutton is a native of Lawrence County, and is well known in the county as an upright and honorable citizen, having made his record at home where all know him. He comes from good old pioneer ancestry, and is a well-informed, industrious citizen.

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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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