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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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William Cloud was born in Patrick County, Va., February 8, 1844, and is a son of William and Nancy (Vaughan) Cloud, both natives of the “Old Dominion.” The father was a farmer, and held a number of county offices. Their son William remained in his native State until seventeen years of age, and then enlisted in the Twenty-fourth Virginia Infantry, Confederate States Army in Virginia. He was afterward transferred to the cavalry, and was with Stonewall Jackson, serving until the close of the war. After Lee’s surrender he went to Johnson’s army, and was paroled in 1865, and returned home. After reading law for some time in Virginia, he was admitted to the bar in 1867, and then removed to Kentucky, where he remained two years. He was there married to Aurelia Weddington in 1869. She was born in Kentucky, and in the Spring of 1869 removed with her husband to Harrisonville, Cass Co., Mo., but in 1870 came to Lawrence County, where Mr. Cloud has been actively engaged in the practice of his profession. He has held the office of mayor, and is a member of the A O. U. W. He owns forty acres of land in this county, besides land in Barry and Newton Counties. His children’s names are as follows: Mare (Mrs. Spillman), Josie, Horace, Cora and John. Mr. Cloud is a strong Democrat in his political views, and is an influential citizen of the 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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