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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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John Colbert, farmer and stock raiser of Section 29, Peirce Township, was born in Barren County (now Allen County), Ky., August 25, 1833. His parents, William and Orpha (Selsor) Colbert, were both of old families of that State. John Colbert, the grandfather of our subject, served in the War of 1812-14. His namesake, and the subject of this sketch, attained his growth in his native State, and in 1851 moved to Missouri. After living for five years where Webbville, Mo., now stands, he came to Lawrence County, and was married in Peirce Township to Miss Mary E. Morris, daughter of Burrell L. and Melinda (Graham) Morris, natives of Kentucky. Mrs. Colbert was born in Allen County, Ky. By her marriage she became the mother of one child, a son, Solon Blackstone, who is at home with his father. Mr. Colbert has 111 acres, and was a member of the Grange in its early history here. He has been a member of the school board of his district, and is an excellent citizen in every sense of the word. During the late Civil War he served in the Confederate army about eighteen months, but was connected with army work about all the time. He was a prisoner at Springfield for about three or four months. He and Mrs. Colbert are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, having held a membership in the same for over thirty years.

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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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