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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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Rev. William Yeoman, a minister in the Baptist Church, was born in New York in 1812. His parents were Walter and Bethiare (Sweezy) Yeoman, who were also natives of New York. They removed to Ohio in 1816 and remained several years, when they came to Lawrence County, Mo., and passed the remainder of their lives. Rev. William Yeoman was reared on his father’s farm, and upon attaining his majority engaged in farming for himself. He has devoted his time so far to this vocation, except the time he has spent in preaching the Gospel. About fifty years ago he was ordained a minister in the Baptist Church, since which time he has labored faithfully in God’s vineyard. In 1836 he was married in Highland County, Ohio, to Julia A. Saunders, a native of Ohio, whose parents were from Pennsylvania. They became the parents of six children, three of whom are living: John, Bethiare and Walter. Mr. Yeoman’s first wife died, and he was married in Indiana, in 1857, to Patsey Chull, a widow whose maiden name was York. In 1869 Rev. Yeoman removed his family from Indiana to Lawrence County, Mo., where he located and has since resided. He is the owner of 170 acres of good land, and has a comfortable home. He started in life without means, and has been very successful, although he has been unfortunate in some business transactions. At one time he purchased a farm, which had been purchased previously with money belonging to some heirs, who, of course, held the property, while our subject had to lose what he had invested in it. Rev. Yeoman has always given liberally of his means to aid schools, churches and all enterprises for the public welfare. Perhaps no man in the county is more widely or favorably known. He is regarded by all as an upright Christian gentleman, who practices what he preaches.

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