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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Lincoln County, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing 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.

William Berkley was born in Benton County, Mo., in 1849, and is the youngest of five children born to the marriage of Samuel Berkley and Martha Powers, who were born, reared and married in Pike County, Mo. They afterward removed to Benton County, and there the mother died about 1859. The father was a farmer, and in 1850 went to California and died soon after his arrival in that State. After his mother's death, William Berkley spent about two years with his uncle, Edward Powers, and then went to California; and, after remaining there some five months, went to Salt Lake City, where he spent nearly two years. He was in the military service there during 1864 and 1866, under Gen. Connor. After the close of the war he returned to Benton County, and in 1866 came to Lincoln County, where he married and has since lived. He owns a fertile and well cultivated farm of 260 acres, and in his political views is a supporter of Democratic principles. He belongs to the I. O. O. F. His marriage to Nancy J. Worthington occurred in 1879. She is a daughter of Francis and Catherine Worthington. The latter's death occurred in 1856. The father is living with his second wife and by her is the father of three children. Mr. and Mrs. Berkley are the parents of five children: William Francis, Charley, Katie, Mary J. and Rhoda.

This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in the History of Lincoln County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lincoln County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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