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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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S. R. Williams was born in 1840 in Madison County, Ind., and moved to Putnam County, Mo., in 1851, where he has since resided, He was educated and reared in Putnam County, and since boyhood has been engaged in farming. Heo began life for himself when eighteen years old. He inherited a little property, which he has increased by industry and good management, and is now the owner of 248 acres of well-improved and cultivated land. In 1859 he married Mary Jane Green, a native of Crawford County, Ind., and a daughter of Henry B. and Amy (Adams) Green, early settlers of Crawford County, Ind. The grandfather of Mrs. Williams, Henry Green, was one of the first settlers in Crawford County, and a soldier in the War of 1812. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Williams has been blessed with nine children: Amy Susie (wife of James Green), Martha Ellen (wife of John Green), Octavia I. (wife of H. P. Hill ), Henry F., Mary R., Arthur A,, Saul Granville, Anna May, and one who died unnamed. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and rank among the respected citizens of the county. Mr. Williams is a Republican and a member of the G. A. R. He was the elder of two children (both living) of Zachariah and Susan (Reger) Williams. During the Rebellion our subject enlisted in March, 1865, in Company D, Fifty-first Missouri Infantry, and served until mustered out at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, in the fall of 1866.

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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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