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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 F. McCullah was born in Roane County, E. Tenn., in 1832, and is a son of Alexander and Lucy McCullah. The former was born in Virginia, and moved to Tennessee at an early day, following the occupation of farming. In 1849 he moved to Stone County, Mo., where he died April 18, 1856. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. William F. was one of his nine children, and received such education as the public schools of East Tennessee afforded at that early day. He came to Missouri with his parents, and made his home with them until his father’s death. The following year he was married to Miss Almira C. Parks, and began doing for himself. His wife died in 1866, having borne five children, two of whom are living: John C. married to Martha J. McKinley, and Clema. In 1867 he married his second wife, Miss Siba R. Loganby, by whom he has three children: Francis M., Newton B. and Charles H. In 1862 Mr. McCullah enlisted as captain of Company H, Sixteenth Missouri Cavalry, under Col. John F. McMahan, and served as such until June 30, 1865, when he received his discharge. He returned home and resumed his old occupation of farming, which he continued until 1866, when he came to Marionville and embarked in the mercantile business. He was so unfortunate as to lose his entire stock of goods by fire, and he again turned his attention to farming. He first located on a large farm which he had purchased near Marionville, but sold this and moved to his present farm of 280 acres. He has about 150 in a high state of cultivation, with all necessary improvements, situated about three miles from Marionville.

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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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