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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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Leonard A. Williamson is the son of Jesse Williamson, who was a native of Virginia, and who married Miss Frances Lee, also a native of Virginia. They were the parents of eleven children who grew to maturity. In the fall of 1835 Mr. Williamson moved to Lawrence County, Mo., and settled on a farm in Mount Vernon Township, four miles southwest of Mount Vernon. He was among the pioneers of this county, and lived to the age of sixty-four years He was a Democrat in his political principles, and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. His children were named as follows: Elizabeth, James, Sarah, Lucinda, Francis, Leonard A., George, Ripley, Margaret, Barton and Martha. Seven of this family are now living. Leonard A. Williamson was born in Boone County, Mo. where his parents remained a few months before coming to Lawrence County, Mo. He obtained a fair education, the most of which was received at home by the fire-place. He grew to manhood on the farm and at the breaking out of the late war he enlisted in the Missouri State Militia Home Guards, was a non-commissioned officer, and was in a great many skirmishes with the bushwhackers. One of the principal skirmishes was at Peirce City. In 1861 Mr. Williamson married Miss Sarah Bough, daughter of A. B. Bough. In 1861 Mr. Williamson married Miss Sarah Bough, daughter of A. B. Bough. Mrs. Williamson died in 1873, and in 1874 Mr. Williamson married Mrs. Sarah Bough, a widow, and the daughter of Samuel Williams. Two children were the result of this marriage, Mary E. and Lora B. Mr. Williamson is a self-made man, having started with nothing; he is now the owner of 307 acres of land which he has earned and paid for by the sweat of his brow. He has always made it a rule to keep out of debt, and he stands high in the opinion of all his acquaintances He is a Republican in politics, and both himself and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian 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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