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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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David E. Statton, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Hampshire County, Va., December 18, 1834, and is a son of Jacob and Margaret (High) Statton, who were of English descent. The father was born in Virginia. Jacob Statton grew to manhood in his native State, and was there united in marriage to Miss Margaret High, a native of that State. Mr. Statton remained in Hampshire County until his death in 1856. He served during the War of 1812 as teamster. The subject of this sketch grew to manhood in Hampshire County on the farm. In 1867 he came to Missouri, and settled in Putnam County, in the section where he now resides. He was accompanied by his mother who kept house for him several years, and who died in the spring of 1878. Mr. Statton was married, in Putnam County, in June, 1858, to Miss Celemma Thompson, a daughter of Jackson Thompson, of St. John, who came to the county from West Virginia during its early history. Mrs. Statton was born in Indiana, and reared in that State and Virginia. She is the mother of nine children: Minta (wife of Lafayette McKee, of Iowa), David E., George, Tessie, Maggie, Frank, Katie, Orie and Burlie. Mr. Statton is a well-to-do farmer and stock raiser, having 960 acres of meadow, plow and blue-grass pasture land, all fenced, and is living in a good house surrounded by comfortable outbuildings and a nice orchard. He had about 200 acres of land in grain this season, and keeps about 200 head of stock. Mr. and Mrs. Statton are both united with the United Brethren Church, of which the former is a minister. He was ordained in 1858, although he began to preach in 1855. During 1858-59 he traveled as a circuit preacher. In 1866 and 1867 he traveled as elder of the United Brethren Church, but since that has acted only in a local capacity. He is a highly honored and conscientious gentleman, and one of the most popular men in the vicinity in which he lives.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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