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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Samuel F. Lawson, a prominent farmer of Equality Township, Miller County, Mo., was born in 1849, and is the son of Lewis J. and Nancy (Mathews) Lawson. He is one of four children: Mary Allen, wife of James Walker; Rose Ann, wife of John Busier; B. F. and S. F. Lewis J. Lawson was a native of Kentucky and came to this country at an early date, being among the earliest settlers in that section. William D. Lawson, brother of our subject, enlisted in Company G, Eighth Missouri State Militia Cavalry, and died of fever December 11, 1863, at Lebanon. Laclede Co., Mo. B. F. Lawson, another brother, enlisted August 12, 1864, in Company B, Forty-eighth Missouri, and served until the close of the war. Samuel Lawson was also in the late war. He enlisted in the Enrolled Militia in the spring of 1865 and served several months. He was married to Miss Caldonia Merideth in 1874. She was born in Missouri, and is the daughter of James Merideth. To Mr. and Mrs. Lawson were born two children: James Claud, and Maud, who died at the age of four years. Previous to his marriage, Mr. Lawson had dealt quite extensively in stock, and is now the owner of a fine farm with sixty-five acres under cultivation. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Mrs. Lawson is a member of the Baptist Church. Benjamin F. Lawson was married in 1872 to Miss Ellen Tarbutton, and to this union were born five children, three now living: Lucy, Emma and Lena. Those deceased were named Edward and William. Benjamin F. Lawson is at present engaged in running a restaurant and boarding house in Tuscumbia.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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