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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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Dr. W. H. Means was born at Warsaw, Mo., in the year 1845. His parents, Mark L. and Mary E. (Ritchey) Means, were Kentuckians, who came to Missouri in 1841, and located in Benton County, where he practiced law. He was prosecuting attorney of that county for some years prior to the war, and at the outbreaking of the Rebellion was land register for the Fifth District. He was also editor of the Southwestern Democrat for a number of years, and died in 1864. His son, W. H. Means, was educated in the common schools of Benton County, and then entered a drug store, where he remained until 1866, at which time he opened a branch drug store at Marionville, the first one in the town, owned by N. P. Murphey & Co., of Springfield, and then he took a course of lectures at the St. Louis Medical College. He soon after began practicing his profession, at which he has been successfully engaged up to the present time. He was married in 1869 to Miss Sarah F. Logan, of Logan, Mo., and by her is the father of five living children: Emma, Glenn, Charley, Ella and Ida. Dr. Means is a Mason, and also belongs to the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W. He and wife are members of the Christian Church, and he owns a one-half interest in the drug store of Cannady & Means, besides the house and lot where he lives, and a good home in Warsaw, Mo.

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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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