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Below is a family biography included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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E. Stinson, a successful farmer of Moniteau County, Mo., is a son of James and Mary (Howard) Stinson, who were born in Tennessee and South Carolina, respectively. The father began learning the hatter’s trade in his youth in Barren County, Ky., but in 1819 came to Cooper County, Mo., and for many years worked at his trade during the winter months and farmed during the summer, but he at last gave up the former occupation and turned his entire attention to tilling the soil, at which he was very successful. He was an active member of the Baptist Church, and died in 1853 at the age of sixty-six years, giving in his will $1,750 to each of his eight children. His father, James by name, was a colonel in the Revolutionary War, and during the last forty years of his life was blind. He died in Indiana at a very advanced age. Mary (Howard) Stinson was taken by her parents to Kentucky when nine years of age, where she was married. She died in Cooper County, Mo., in 1849, in her sixtieth year. Edward and Joseph are the only ones of the family who are now living. Those deceased are Stephen, James, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Maremna, and an infant. E. Stinson was born in Cooper County, Mo., February 17, 1820, and attended school in Cooper County, his first teacher being Edward Turner. At the age of twenty years he married and located on the farm where he now lives. He has held the office of justice of the peace, and is an influential citizen of the county. He was married to Mrs. Margaret (Robertson) Lettsworth, by whom he has four children: Sarah, the deceased wife of Frank Spieler; Rosanna, widow of W. C. Jones; Cordelia, wife of W. F. Winebrenner, and John R., who resides at home, and was married to Elizabeth E. Stevenson, by whom he has two children. The family are members of the Baptist Church, of which the father and mother have been members for over forty years.

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This family biography is one of 187 biographies included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Moniteau County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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