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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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Joseph French, attorney, of Peirce City, Mo., was born in Marion County, Ill., August 7, 1854, and is a son of Marshall and Harriet (Williams) French, who were the parents of nine children. Joseph is the second child, and was reared in Illinois. His boyhood days were spent in tilling the soil and in attending the district schools. He came to Missouri with his parents in 1874, where he taught school and read law at the same time, and was admitted to the bar in 1878. He began practicing in the spring of 1879, and is a careful and painstaking lawyer and a close student. He has a lucrative practice, and is rising rapidly in his profession. November 8, 1880, he was united in matrimony to Levisa Saunders, who was born in Tennessee, and by her is the father of one child—Edna.

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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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