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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. Griffith, a successful tiller of the soil of Greene Township, was born in Clay County, Ill., September 17, 1839, but grew to manhood in Richland County of the same State, where he attended the common schools. At the age of twenty-three he enlisted in the Ninety-eighth Illinois Mounted Infantry, and took part in many of the most prominent battles fought in Tennessee. He was discharged at Springfield, Ill., in August, 1865, and moved to Southwest Missouri soon after. [See sketch of S. N. Griffith.] He here engaged in farming with his father, but soon after came to the place where he now lives. He married Miss Mary M. Guin, and to them were born following children: Mattie, Annie, Thomas W., Phoebe, Lulu Chester, Samuel, Maggie, Elmer and Willie N., all living at home. Mr. Griffith is a member of the I. O. O. F. and Farmers’ Alliance, and has been justice of the peace. He is a good 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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