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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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William C. Ion is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Nicholson) Ion, both of whom were born in England, the former in Dufton, in 1805, and the latter at Knock, in 1807. They both came to Washington County, Mo., when young, and here married in 1835, locating at what is now the Palmer Lead Mines. Mr. Ion was a smelter of lead, and the unhealthfulness of this business caused his death in 1857; his wife died in 1844. Their family consisted of four children, two sons and two daughters. The youngest was born in Washington County in 1844, and after his parents’ death made his home with Mrs. Nancy Bass, a widow, with whom he lived until he was of age. In 1862 he enlisted in the home militia, and the following year joined the Eighth Provisional Regiment. In 1864 he enlisted in Company G, Second Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, United States army; in all he served about two years. After the war he returned to the farm, where he now owns 397 acres, all of which he has made by his own exertions. He has made this county his home for forty-four years, and is one of its prosperous and well-respected farmers. In 1866 he was united in marriage to Mary O. Johnson, a native of Washington County, Mo., born in 1847. Both are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and in his political views Mr. Ion is a Democrat.

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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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