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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 H. Tennyson is the son of Archibald and Ruth (Jones) Tennyson both born near Murfreesboro, Tenn., where they grew up and were married After living in that State for some time they came to Washington County, Mo., where the father followed agricultural pursuits for a period, although previous to coming to this State he had followed the tailor’s trade. The mother was a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Tennyson was a Democrat in politics, and lived to be about eighty years of age. The mother, who was always very delicate, is still living, and is eighty-two years of age. William H. was one of a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters, and was born at the Old Mines of Washington County, in 1840. He received a very limited education, and at the age of eighteen began as an independent farmer. During the war he served in the Eighth Provisional Regiment, and was also for a time in the State service. In 1863 he married Miss Mary J. Bressie, a native of St. Francois County, Mo., and to them were born two children: William Y. and Malinda J. For forty-eight years Mr. Tennyson has been a resident of this county, and is accounted a good farmer. He is a Democrat in politics, and he, his wife and two children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Their son, William Y., is treasurer of Howard County, Tex., having been twice appointed to that position by the county court before he was twenty-two years old.

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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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