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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Henry County, Missouri published in 1883 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.

WILLIAM D. DIXON was born December 8, 1832, in Greenup County, Kentucky, his parents being William and Unity Dixon, nee Hackworth. The former, who during life was engaged in farming and stock raising, was born in 1791 in Bedford County, Virginia, and the latter was born in the same county in 1793. They were married in the year 1818 and had six children, five of whom are living. In 1827 they emigrated to Catlettsburg, then Greenup, but now Boyd County, Kentucky, and remained there until 1865, coming thence to Henry County, Missouri, with their son, William D., with whom they remained until their death. Mrs. Dixon died in July of 1869, after an illness of several years, and her husband died in February of 1873 William D. Dixon married Miss Susan McDaniel, daughter of John C. McDaniel, of Henry County, Missouri. By this marriage there were seven children, four daughters and three sons, of whom six remain. The second child, a daughter, died of severe burns. Mrs. D. departed this life March 7, 1871, and on December 7, 1881, he married Mrs. Zana M. Muse, widow of Joseph E. Muse, of Christian County, Missouri. They have one child, a daughter. Mr. Dixon in 1859 took charge of the farm of John C. McDaniel, near Windsor, upon which he remained until after the war, when he bought forty acres of land and continued farming until 1873. Since that time he has followed brick making. He has disposed of his property recently with the intention of removing to Holden, Johnson County, there to engage in the manufacture of brick upon a large scale. Politically, he is a Democrat.

This family biography is one of 550+ biographies included in the History of Henry County, Missouri published by National Historical Company in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Henry County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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