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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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John C. Horton, farmer, was born in Washington County, Mo., in 1835, and is the son of John and Susie (Crider) Horton. The father was born and reared in South Carolina, but was married in North Carolina. Having lived in that State until about 1820 they came to Washington County, Mo., and here spent the remainder of their days. The father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was by occupation a farmer. He was always Democratic in his political views, and both he and wife were members of the Baptist Church. The mother was of German descent. Our subject was next to the youngest child of the eleven children born to his parents. He was reared on a farm, and attended the old subscription schools. At the age of twenty-three (1858) he married Miss Catherine, daughter of Christopher and Lucy (Bryan) Woods. She was born in 1837, near where Belgrade now stands, and by her marriage became the mother of nine children, eight now living: Mary J., Ellen D., James C., Jessie L., Elizabeth A., Laura E., Ahigah B. and Birdie N. For fifty-three years Mr. Horton has lived in the county, and for thirty years he has lived on his present farm, which consists of 160 acres, all the result of his own efforts, coupled by that of his good wife. They are both members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Our subject served in the enrolled militia during the war.

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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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