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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 W. Edgington is a son of Wesley and Mary (Wallingford) Edgington, who were born in Ohio and Kentucky, respectively. The father was an agriculturist, and immigrated first to Illinois, and then to Iowa, where he died in 1860. The mother died in 1876. The following are their children: John W., Oliver, Mac McKay, Matthias and George. John W. was born in the “Buckeye State,” May 16, 1849, but from the time he was four years of age until he was eighteen years old he resided on a farm in Warren County, Ill. From 1871 until 1875 he was engaged in silver mining in Colorado. At the latter date he came to Greene County, Mo., where he spent a portion of his time in farming, but gave most of his attention to mining zinc about sixteen miles from Springfield. Since 1885 he has resided in Aurora, and is engaged in mining. August 14, 1887, he purchased 300x100 feet of mineral land, which he is now operating very successfully. The mine is rich in lead, zinc and “Northern Jack.” He employs on an average about sixteen men, and ships about fifty tons of lead each month, and thirty tons of silicate, clearing about $1,600 on them per month. He was married in 1876 to Nancy A. Casey, of Barry County, Mo., who has borne him six children: Wesley, Mary, Annie, Lulu, and Frank and Fred, who are twins. Mrs. Edgington is a member of the Baptist Church.

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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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