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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Clinton County, Missouri History published in 1881 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.

RICHARD COLE LINDSAY, one of the representative pioneers of the west, was born at Lindsay Station, Scott County, Kentucky, December 25, 1795. His parents, Anthony and Alice Lindsay, were natives of Virginia, who emigrated to Kentucky in an early day. Lindsay's Station, settled by Anthony Lindsay, was for many years the frontier settlement of that section, and a noted stockade fort against the Indians. He was the third of a family ten children, six sons and four daughters. He was raised a farmer, and lived in the fort, his father's habitation, till he attained his majority, when he married Miss Julia Herndon Bond, daughter of Walker and Susan Bond, both natives of Virginia, and among the earliest settlers of Scott County, Kentucky. On his marriage, he moved to Gallatin County, Kentucky, where he began the battle of life in a small cabin, with no capital, but energy and a determination to achieve success. He continued to reside there till 1856, when he moved, permanently, to Missouri. While in Kentucky, he became prominent as a breeder of fine stock, and in 1837, it was through his influence, mainly, that the first agricultural fair held in that section of the state occurred at Big Lick, in Gallatin County. Over this institution he presided during the first four years of its existence. In 1840, he took to Callaway County, Missouri, a herd of fine graded cattle, the pioneer importation, of that character, into that part of the state. While a resident of his native state, he was almost constantly in an official position of some kind. He was, successively, justice of the peace, assessor, and sheriff of the county. He was also generally recognized as a public and private arbitrator of differences, being frequently appointed a special commissioner, not only by his own but by neighboring counties, for that duty. For the hospitality proverbial as existing in that age and locality, the house of Richard Lindsay was especially noted. His education was acquired in such schools as existed in that section of the country where he was born, and of these advantages he made abundant use. After his first visit to Missouri, in 1840, he made several return trips, and, being highly pleased with the country, sent, at subsequent periods, his children, as they became of age, to settle there. In 1856, he moved, himself, permanently, to Missouri, and settled in Shoal Township, Clinton County, near the present (1881) line of Lathrop Township. Here he continued to reside till the year 1864, when, with a daughter, Mrs. James B. Green, he moved to his present home in Jackson Township. It was not until the spring of 1880, that his mental and physical energies began to manifest any marked decline. He has had fourteen children, four sons and ten daughters. The four sons and six of the daughters attained to maturity. These were: Edward E., D. Herndon, R. P., John T., Mary E., wife of George R. White, of Atchison. Cassandra, who married A. W'. Osburn (she died some time after), Sarah Jane, wife of Captain John G. Scott, Alice, wife of A. S. Fry, of Clinton County, Julia H., wife of James B. Green. The other children died young.

This family biography is one of 503 biographies included in the History of Clinton County, Missouri published by National Historical Company in 1881.  For the complete description, click here: Clinton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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