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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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George and Joseph Cresswell, farmers and dealers in general merchandise and mineral, are the sons of Joseph Cresswell, a native of Washington County who was born March 26, 1832; the latter, a son of George and Hannah Cresswell, natives of England, and well known early settlers of Washington County Mo., was reared in his native county, and after attaining his majority married Miss Amanda McCracken, of Washington County, whose father, William McCracken, was born in Pennsylvania, and came to Washington County in 1821 To this union were born two children, George and Joseph, whose names head this sketch. The father died January 5, 1867, and the mother is still living. George Cresswell, the eldest of the two sons, was born in Washington County October 7, 1852, and was reared in the place of his birth. December 19, 1877, occurred his marriage to Miss Mary Ann Nicholson, a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Nicholson, also of Washington County. Mr. and Mrs. Cresswell have four children, viz.: Rolla, Luther, Minnie and Maud. Joseph Cresswell was born in Washington County April 20, 1855, and was brought up on a farm. On October 7, 1879, he was married to Miss Maggie Nicholson, whose parents were William and Mary (Martin) Nicholson. Their three children are named Ava, Willie and Roy. Both are prominent and enterprising business men, enjoying an enviable reputation, and commanding the respect and esteem of a host of friends and acquaintances.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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