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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Audrain County, Missouri published in 1884 by National Historical Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

JOHN H. WILS0N, farmer. Mr. Wilson, one of the substantial and respected citizens of this township, is a native Missourian, born in Platte county, April 8, 1853, and was a son of Joseph R. and Elizabeth A. (Glass) Wilson, both also natives of this State. The father is a relative to Hon. R. P. C. Wilson, of Platte county, a distinguished lawyer and able State Senator of that section of the State. Joseph R. Wilson and wife, with the young children of their family, now reside in Vernon county. John H., the subject of this sketch, was the eldest of nine brothers, there being also four sisters in the family, and was reared in Audrain county, to which his father had removed from Platte county. He was brought up to the occupation of a farmer, and has since followed it with substantial success. In 1875 Mr. Wilson bought an eighty-acre tract of land in Salt River township, to which he added forty acres by subsequent purchase, and upon these tracts he made a good farm. Having an opportunity, however, to sell his place to good advantage, he disposed of it in 1882, and bought the farm where he now resides. This is a good place of over a quarter section of land, and is largely devoted to grain raising and pasturage for cattle. Mr. Wilson raises about seventy acres of corn, and has about 100 acres in pasturage, the latter used in connection with stock raising. He ships annually about two car loads of cattle and 150 head of hogs. On the 25th of November, 1875, Mr. Wilson was married to Miss Susan M. Threlkeld, daughter of William G. and Mary A. Threlkeld, of Monroe county. Mrs. Wilson was born in that county, October 14, 1853. Heaven has blessed this union with a worthy family of children, as the best benediction upon the marriage vow. Three of their children are still living: 0mar G., Lula B., and Mary G. John C., their youngest, tarried in this life only a short month, when his infant spirit was wafted to the Heaven above. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are both members of the Christian Church.

This family biography is one of 585 biographies included in the History of Audrain County, Missouri published by National Historical Company in 1884.  For the complete description, click here: Audrain County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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