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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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S. G. Elliott was born in Vermilion County, Ill., March 14, 1831, and is a son of Foster and Penninah (Boise) Elliott, the former of whom is descended from an early Quaker colony, which in an early day settled in North Carolina. Foster Elliott married Penninah Boise in North Carolina, as early as 1827. Saw the approaching slavery trouble, and, with a colony, moved to Ohio, and on through Indiana to Illinois. Penninah (Boise) Elliott was a descendant of an early Huguenot colony, which settled in Virginia; her grandfather was a warm supporter of George Washington and Francis Marion. S. G. Elliott was brought up on a farm near Georgetown, Ill., and when about seventeen years old moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and engaged in farming. While in Iowa, in 1854, he took an active part in the organization of the Republican party, and in 1857 moved to Kansas, where he took an active part in shaping the future of Kansas. He served in the Territorial Legislature, and filled other important positions. During the war he was Union soldier, recruiting officer and major. During the war Mr. Elliott was ordained a minister of the gospel in the United Brethren Church. In 1867 he moved with his family to Missouri. Mr. Elliott, not being a sectarian, after coming to Missouri cast his lot with the Congregationalists, since which time he has been a constant worker in the cause of Christianity. December 29, 1853, he was married to Anna Rinkes in Iowa, by whom he has had seven children, six living: Mary E. (wife of Rev. N. M. Wheat), Royal F., George W., Harvey, Effie (wife of D. B. Loy), S. G. Jr.; one daughter, Alice, deceased. Mr. Elliott has done a great deal of pioneer missionary work; in his missionary travels has traveled enough to have gone several times around the world. He has brought up his children to habits of industry; he has always been in moderate circumstances, until in his advanced years Providence has developed a lead and zinc mine in his once fruitful orchard. Mr. Elliott looks upon this as a special providence; he feels that with the coming of this unexpected treasure great responsibility has been thrust upon him; he does not seem to enjoy these riches so much as he enjoys the frontier missionary work.

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