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Below is a family biography included in The History of Wright 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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W. W. Oliver, of Wright County, Mo., was born in Guilford County, N. C., November 7, 1833, the son of Allen and Mariah (Williams) Oliver, both natives of Rockingham County, N. C., and born in 1812 and 1814, respectively. The father died in his native county January 1, 1875, and the mother in North Carolina in 1858. W. W. Oliver was married in Guilford County, N. C., in 1852, to Miss Unica Calhoun, who bore him four children: Mariah, wife of Floyd M. Todd, and the mother of six children; James A., a native of Guilford County, N. C.; William H., born in Putnam County, Ind., and R. P., who was also born in Putnam County, Ind. Each of Mr. Oliver’s children are well provided for, and are on farms of their own. Mr. Oliver moved to Indiana in 1856, and after remaining there for about ten years, where he rented land and followed agricultural pursuits for a livelihood, moved to Wright County, Mo. He here purchased a farm, and went to work with a determination to succeed, which by his industry and enterprise he eventually did. He now has about 500 acres, and has provided well for his children. Mr. Oliver started life without a cent, and is a fair example of what can be accomplished by push and energy. He is the model farmer of the county, and for neatness and economy has no superior anywhere. While in Indiana, and during the war, Mr. Oliver was a member of the State Militia. He is a charter member of the Masonic fraternity, a Master Mason, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and is a Republican politically.

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