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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 P. Carson was born in Hardin County, Ky., in 1812, and is a son of James and Nancy (Phillips) Carson, who were natives of South Carolina. The father moved to Kentucky with his parents at a very early period, and was there reared and married. He learned the shoemaker’s trade, but afterward followed the occupation of farming, which he followed until his death in 1847. William P. Carson was educated in Kentucky and Indiana, and made his home with his father until he reached manhood, or until his father’s removal to Indiana. He was married at the age of twenty-two years to Miss Theresa Evans, of Kentucky, and their union was blessed in the birth of ten children, six of whom are living: George, Elijah, Charles, John, Henry and Lucinda. Mr. Carson moved to Livingston County, Mo., in 1845, and at the end of ten years moved to Harrison County, where he remained seventeen years. Since that time he has been one of the prosperous farmers of Lawrence County. He has been a member of the I. O. O. F. for forty years, and he and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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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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