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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 S. Anthony is a grandson of Jonas M. Anthony, who was a native of North Carolina, and settled in Washington County, Mo., at an early day. He married Miss Nancy Twitty, a most estimable lady whose parents came to Washington County at an early day. Seven children were born to them, viz.: Catherine, who married Elisha Scott; John M.; Mary F., now Mrs. Garret I. Van Allen; Nannie, wife of S. B. Anderson; Sallie, who married Jacob Filley; Eliza, wife of W. J. Maxwell, and Stephen D. John M., the father of William S., was born and reared in Washington County where he followed farming and handling stock. He married Miss Martha Johnson. In 1872 he received the nomination for sheriff on the Democratic ticket, and was elected by a substantial majority; he was again elected to the same position in 1874, and proved himself a competent and popular official. After retiring from his duties as a sheriff he resumed his former occupation, and followed the same until his death, which occurred in 1886. He left besides his widow four sons, named Jonas, William S., J. Rush and Lemuel. William S. was born in Washington County, March 10, 1863, where he was reared. He received his education at Washington University, St. Louis, graduating and receiving the degree of A. B. in the class of 1885. He attended the St. Louis Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1886, entering upon the practice of his profession in Potosi. Within one month’s time after being admitted to the bar he came within one vote of receiving the nomination for prosecuting attorney of the county.

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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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