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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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Zadock T. Newman is of Scotch-Irish descent, one of his ancestors having settled in Pennsylvania at an early day. His father, Zadock Newman, was born in Pennsylvania, and went to Illinois when a young man and was married in Madison County to Martha Ewing, August 9, 1810, and by her became the father of six children: John R., William, Julia A., Eliza C., Emily A. and Sarah, deceased. The mother of these children died, and the father took for his second wife Mrs. Sarah E. (Kendall) Cotter, widow of Abner Cotter, Sr., and she bore our subject children: Susan, Catherine, Sarah A., Zadock T., Rebecca A. and Joseph B. Mrs. Sarah E. Cotter had at time of her marriage with Mr. Newman, five sons (oldest being nine years old at the time), whom our subject’s father raised; their names are as follows: Samuel K. Cotter, John L. Cotter, William H. Cotter, Thomas A. Cotter and Abner R. Cotter. In 1840 Mr. Newman moved to Lawrence County, Mo., and there lived to be seventy-five years of age. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and in politics was a Republican. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was in several fights with the Indians. He was a nurseryman and a farmer, and owned at one time over 800 acres of land. He was married three times, his third wife being Mrs. Martha Roberts, a widow, who, when she married Mr. Newman, had five small children, whom Mr. Newman provided for and reared. He also reared several other children. He owned a fine library and was considered the best read man in history, at that time in Lawrence County.

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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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