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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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Rev. Morgan Morgans, minister of the Christian Church at Marionville, Mo., was born in Decatur County, Ind., in 1851, and moved to Missouri with his parents in 1866, where he has since made his home. His father was a farmer, and is still residing in McDonald County at a good old age. The subject of this sketch attended the common schools and the high-school at Newtonia, Newton County, and finally finished his education at Drury College, at Springfield, Mo. At the age of sixteen years he embraced Christianity, and began preaching at eighteen at Pineville, in McDonald County, and was ordained in March, 1871, being given charge of Elkhorn Church in McDonald County. He was pastor of the same until 1880, at which time he became pastor of the Christian Church at Marionville, serving in this capacity for three successive years. In the meantime he did a great deal of evangelical work. In 1873 he was chosen evangelist of Southwest Missouri for two years, and filled that position with great success. He then acted in the capacity of general evangelist over several States, but at the end of two years returned home and took charge of his old church. His duties are very arduous, and, as he was so often called to other fields, he again became evangelist of Southwest Missouri, and is now filling that position. He was married in 1870 to Mrs. Ema Adams, who was the mother of two children, Eva M. and Edmond L., by her first husband, Mr. Adams. Five children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Morgans: Margaret E., Nora B., Rosetta E., Mary V. and Ephraim R. He owns valuable city property, and is one of the honored, successful and esteemed ministers of the Gospel in Southwest Missouri. For five years he has been one of the corresponding editors of the Christian Standard, published in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has held a number of religious discussions with representative men of various denominations.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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