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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 R. Williams, stock farmer, of Aurora Township, and the son of Barnett and Margaret B. (Rea) Williams, was born in what is now Lawrence County, Mo., in 1843. The father was born in South Carolina June 19, 1815, and the mother in Tennessee October 5, 1816. [For further particulars of parents see sketch of W. M. Williams.] John R. Williams remained with his parents until nineteen years of age, when, from August, 1862, until 1865, he served in the Confederate army, and participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Helena, Pleasant Hill and Jenkins’ Ferry. After the war he returned home and resumed his labor on the farm where he now lives, and which consists of 440 acres, with 300 under cultivation. He was married November 25, 1869, to Miss Elizabeth J. Miller, who was born in Lawrence County, Mo., and who was the daughter of John D. Miller, an early settler of Lawrence County, coming to this county probably as early as 1837. To Mr. and Mrs. Williams were born six children, five now living: John B., Ida S., Sterling P., Charles M., Russell D. and Mary Ethel. Charles M. died when about six years of age. The mother died April 13, 1887. Mr. Williams has been quite successful in his business transactions, and is one the wide-awake farmers of the county.

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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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