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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 S. White, a prominent merchant and farmer of Forest Home, Mo., was born in Adair County, Ky., on August 24, 1843. He is a son of Albert and Polly (Stotts) White, who are now residing on a farm in Lawrence County, Mo., on which they located in 1850. William S. White was reared on a farm, and early chose farming as his life vocation, which he has followed very successfully. Of late years he has been engaged in merchandising in connection with his farming interests. In partnership with F. M. Holmes, he purchased the store owned by S. M. Whaley, and has since been doing a good business. They carry a large stock of dry goods, groceries, boots, shoes, queensware, plows, hardware, harness and everything to be found in a first-class country store. Mr. White was married in Lawrence County in 1864 to Adaline Greer, who was born in Allen County, Ky., on August 1, 1843. To them were born six children, three of whom, Amelia (Mrs. J. M. Owens), Frank (who married Elma Turk) and Hattie, are living. Mr. White’s first wife died in 1879, and he was afterward married in Lawrence County to Eliza G. Petty. She was born in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, and is a daughter of W. I. and Ruth (Ray) Petty. By this marriage Mr. White is the father of two children, Delia and Opal. In politics he is a Democrat, and in religion is a Cumberland Presbyterian. Mr. White is an Odd Fellow, being a member of Lodge No. 452.

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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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