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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair 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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William H. Morelock, a farmer and stock raiser of Morrow Township, was born in Sullivan County, Tenn., in 1833, and is the third of eight children of Maj. E. M. C. and Elizabeth (Pickens) Morelock, natives of East Tennessee, and of whom account has been given in sketch of J. K. P. Morelock. Our subject was reared under the parental roof, his educational advantages being limited to the subscription schools of the neighborhood; and the time he attended these not exceeding three months. In 1852 he was united in marriage to Miss Martha, daughter of Charles and Frances Overstreet, formerly of Illinois, where Mrs. Morelock was born. They have nine children only four of whom are living, viz.: Elizabeth Frances (wife of James Pickens, of Washington Township), Ann Eliza (wife of William Abernathy, of Sullivan County), James K. P., and Charles E. He has since been a resident of his present farm with the exception of a few months spent in Texas in 1874. He is the owner of 280 acres on Spring Creek, near the old home farm, forty acres in Putnam, and also has a half interest in eighty acres in another tract, nearly all this property being the result of his own hard labor and good management. In 1865 he served about forty days in the Missouri State Militia. In politics he is a Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Buchanan in 1856. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity and with his wife belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair 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: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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