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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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L. D. McKinley is a native of Lawrence County, Mo., born July 31, 1854, and is the son of Peter and Catherine McKinley. The father was a native Virginian, and lived there until nine years of age, when he moved to Tennessee with his parents, and there lived until thirty-five years of age, having married previous to that time, when he came to Missouri. His wife was born and reared in Tennessee, and there married Mr. McKinley, by whom she had twelve children, nine now living: Mary (married), Samuel N., Sarah, Martha, Pleasant F., Joseph G., Paul, Lorenzo D. and Eliza. Those deceased were as follows: Isaac D., Elbert and an infant who died unnamed. Peter McKinley moved to Missouri when the country was but thinly settled, and suffered all the privations incident to pioneer life. Their nearest mill was twenty-five miles distant, and Indian trails were yet fresh, although the Indians themselves had disappeared. L. D.McKinley was born and reared on the section of land in Lawrence County that he now owns. In 1876 he married Miss Catherine Wheat, who bore him three children: Clarence E., Ellen and Mattie. Mr. McKinley has lately sold forty acres of his land to the different companies for mining purposes, there being rich deposits of silicate, lead and zinc on the same. He now owns forty acres of land, all under cultivation, and has also indications of lead on this. Mr. McKinley was educated in the common schools, but his schooling was somewhat broken up by the late war, and by his own exertions has acquired a good education. He and Mrs. McKinley are members 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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