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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 Wesley Fenton, liveryman, is a native of Benton County, Ind., born October 2, 1844. His parents, John E. and Sarah Ann (Odell) Fenton, were natives of Indiana, and the father was a successful tiller of the soil. Their son, John Wesley Fenton, was reared in his native State, and at the breaking out of the late war he donned his suit of blue, shouldered his musket and enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Thirty-fifth Volunteer Infantry, United States Army, and served in the one hundred days’ service. After the war he returned to his home in Indiana, and followed agricultural pursuits in this State until 1870, when his parents sold out and moved to Lawrence County, locating at Mount Vernon, where J. W. Fenton engaged in the livery business. He afterward sold out, and was for some time engaged in the grocery business, but later abandoned this, and in 1885 purchased his present livery business, which he has conducted in a successful manner ever since. While living in his native State he married Miss Mary Boyington, who was also a native of Benton County, Ind. To this marriage were born two sons and three daughters: Gertie, Lena, Maudie, Freddie D. and Walter B. While living in Indiana Mr. Fenton was road overseer, and is a man respected and esteemed by all who know him. Mrs. Fenton is a member of the Christian 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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