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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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Timothy Connel, a successful agriculturist, is of Irish descent, and the grandson of William Connel, who was one of the pioneers of Ohio, and was in the Indian trouble in that State; he immigrated to Lawrence County, Mo., in 1837, and was the owner of about 1,000 acres of land. His son, John Connel, and the father of Timothy Connel, was born in Ohio, and when a young man came to Lawrence County in 1839 with his parents. He here married Miss Frances Pennington, daughter of Asa and Rachel (Lane) Pennington, who came to Lawrence County in 1837. They settled on the farm which Mr. Connel still owns, and which consisted of 300 acres of land. To their marriage were born seven children who grew to maturity: William C., Timothy, Rachel, Lucretia, James C., Josiah and Marietta (deceased). In 1887 Mr. Connel moved to Phelps. He was a Republican in his political views, and a member of the Christian Church. His son Timothy was born on his father’s farm in Mount Vernon Township in 1844, but received very meager educational advantages. He naturally possessed a good memory, and was a well-informed man. In 1862 he enlisted in the Enrolled Missouri Militia serving four months; and then in Company B, Fifteenth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, where he served twenty months, and was in several skirmishes with the bush-whackers. He married Miss Mary L. Henshaw, daughter of Jonathan Henshaw, and to them were born ten children, eight now living: Dora B James W., John W., Fannie A., Mary Day, Arra May, Effie and Clarence. Mr. Connel has always lived in this county, and now owns a farm of 175 acres, and is a prosperous farmer. He raised this year (1888) 255 bushels of wheat, forty-two and a half bushels to the acre, which was the largest yield to the acre in this section. He is a Republican politically, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Connel is a self-made man, and has by his own industry accumulated a competency.

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