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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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Zachariah Williams was born in Madison County, Ind., in March, 1846, and has been a resident of Putnam County since 1851. He began life upon his own responsibility at the age of eighteen, with little or nothing, but being of an enterprising disposition, and possessing good business ability, he advanced step by step toward the goal of success, and is now the owner of 650 acres of good land, finely cultivated and well stocked. He was married, in April, 1868, to Miss Lydia Caroline Green, a native of Crawford County, Ind., who came to Putnam County, Mo., in 1858. She was a daughter of Henry Boland and Amy C. (Adams) Green, natives of Crawford County, Ind., and New York State, respectively, and of Irish and English descent, respectively. To Mr. and Mrs. Williams eight children have been born: John A,, George E., Lorenzo Dow, Lura A., Wilber Grant, Susie A., Henry C. and Willard F. Mrs. Williams is a member of the Methodist Protestant Church. Mr. Williams is Republican in politics, and during the war of the Rebellion enlisted in Company C, Forty-second Missouri Infantry, serving until the close of the war, when he was mustered out at St. Louis. He is the youngest and second child of Zachariah and Susan (Reger) Williams, natives of Madison County, Ind. The father was a successful farmer in that locality all his life. His father, Ralph Williams, was born in Virginia, and one of the first farmer settlers of Madison County, Ind. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Saul Reger, married Miss Dobson. He was a native of Virginia, and moved to Sullivan County, Mo., about 1858, where he passed the remainder of his days, although his death occurred while in St. Louis, under medical treatment. He was a minister of the gospel in the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was also Mr. Ralph Williams.

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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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