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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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Jonathan Wishon is the son of William and Olive (Cook) Wishon, the father born and reared in Ohio, and the mother in Pennsylvania. At the age of nine she was taken by her parents to Ohio, where, in after years, she married William Wishon. He was a farmer, a Democrat, and both were members of the Christian Church. He died at the age of thirty-eight, while in the prime of manhood. The mother afterward married Elijah Evens, who also passed away. The mother is still living, and is about eighty years old. She had three children by her first marriage, and one by her second. Jonathan was the youngest born to the first marriage, his birth occurring in Jackson County, Ohio, in 1846. He was reared on the farm, and secured a fair education. In August, 1862, when only sixteen years old, he enlisted in Company C, of the Ninety-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He participated in the engagements at Cloyd’s Mountain, Lynchburg, Stephen’s Depot, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fisher’s Creek, etc., etc., amounting to nineteen in all. He was never wounded or taken prisoner. Returning to Ohio, he was married in 1867 to Miss Oberia Shelpman, also a native of Ohio. A month later they came to Washington County, where he began as a collier and gradually worked up until he owns 270 acres of land, with 100 under cultivation. The credit of all this depends upon Mr. Wishon, who started life with little or no means, and is now considered one of the successful farmers of the county. Both he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he is a member of the G. A. R., and a Republican in politics. Of the eight children born to Mr. Wishon’s marriage seven are now living: Willie A., Lucy H., Alva P., Maud B., Emma D., Stella O. and Eneid M.

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