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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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Judge R. P. Colley, one of the representative men of Lawrence County, Mo., is a native of Virginia, who was born on December 17, 1829. His parents, Thomas and Mary (Price) Colley, were both natives of Virginia, and of English-German extraction. Family tradition assures us that the ancestral founder of this family of Colleys in America came over with the “May Flower.” R. P. Colley was reared to farm life, and early chose agriculture as his vocation. He has been very successful, and is now the owner of a farm of 360 acres of well improved land in Vineyard Township. In 1882 he was elected judge of the Lawrence County Court, and served until 1886, in a manner creditable to himself and satisfactory to his constituents. He was elected to the position by the Democratic party, of which he has long been a faithful member. For two years he served as justice of the peace in his township. His marriage with Mildred Frances Camden was celebrated in Lawrence County, Mo., in December, 1849, and to them have been born nine children, of whom eight are living, viz.: John W., Virginia (wife of Jasper Forsyth), Susan (widow of Dr. R. A. Delong), Benjamin F., Lee, Adelia, Nora and Thomas. Judge Colley is a Mason, and a member of Lodge No. 99, of Mount Vernon, Mo. He is also a member of the Farmers’ Alliance. Judge Colley and family are highly respected by all who know them, and he is recognized as one who has done much for the prosperity of Lawrence County.

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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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