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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 E. Baugh, a descendant of an old American family of German descent, and the son of Archibald B. Baugh, a native Virginian, who was married in that State and became the father of seven children: Eliza, Maria, Benjamin, Andrew J., Sarah, Henry and William. Mr. Baugh immigrated to Lawrence County, Mo., arriving there among the first settlers. About 1833, a year or two afterward, old Judge Williams settled on Williams Creek. Mr. Baugh bought a claim, and there passed the remainder of his life. He was a hard-working, industrious man and a prosperous farmer, owning many slaves. He was an old line Whig in politics, and lived to be eighty-four years of age. He was a man of simple habits, as were most of the pioneers who settled in the wilderness. W. E. Baugh, son of the above, was born on his father’s farm in 1843, and received a limited education, as the schools of that early day were, in many cases, some miles from his home, and were paid for by subscription. In 1861 William E. Baugh enlisted in the Fifteenth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, Company B, and served for nearly two years. He had been previously in the Home Guards. He was in a number of skirmishes with the bushwhackers. In 1867 he married Miss Lettie C. Shelton, daughter of Moses Shelton, an old settler of Lawrence County. To this union were born six children: Charles J., Albert E., William L., Benjamin B., M. G. and Jennie. After marriage Mr. Baugh settled on the old homestead, and has remained on it ever since. He is a prosperous and successful farmer, owning 1,100 acres of land, and is a large raiser of live stock, principally cattle. Mr. Baugh is a Republican in his political views, and he and Mrs. Baugh are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He has made his property by staying at home and attending strictly to his business. He is a member of the G. A. R., and is one of the most extensive farmers in the township. He is a representative citizen, and is well known throughout the county and it is said of him that his word is as good as his bond.

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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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