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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton 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 A. Pool is a descendant of Ephraim Pool, who was of English birth, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and a farmer of Montgomery County, Tenn., where his son, Asa Pool, was born. The latter farmed in Weeks County, and was married there to Mary Greer, a daughter of Louis Greer, of Tennessee. They were the parents of eight children, who lived to maturity: Henry, Hiram, John, Louis W., Ephraim H., Ann, George and James. Mr. Pool came to Newton County. Mo., in 1832, and was the first settler on Pool Prairie, which was named for him. He lived to be nearly seventy years of age, dying in 1863. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and was a prosperous farmer. He had the characteristics of the pioneer, being industrious, courageous and hospitable. There were no mills at that early day, and the settlers were obliged to pound their corn to obtain meal; they also wove the cloth for their own garments. Mr. Pool was in the War of 1812, and participated in the battle of New Orleans. While the battle was raging and the British troops were advancing Mr. Pool took direct aim and fired at Packenham, the British commander, who fell mortally wounded, though he was doubtless fired at by many of the other soldiers. John C. Pool, son of the above and father of William A. Pool, the subject of this sketch, was born in Tennessee, and when a lad of ten years came with his father to Newton County. He was reared amid the scenes of pioneer life, and received a limited early education. He was married to Elizabeth Pugh, a daughter of James Pugh, and by her became the father of six children, who lived to maturity: Nancy E., Ann, May, William A., Joshua and Susan. Mrs. Pool died in 1863. Mr. Pool was a Democrat. During the war he lost considerable property, and was obliged to take refuge in Springfield for safety. He married for his second wife, in 1866, Harriet Hunter, a widow, and by her had two children: Hattie and Frank. She died in 1875. In 1878 Mr. Pool married his third wife, a Mrs. Sarah (Smith) Walker. He has always been a farmer, and owns a good farm of 120 acres. He is a member of the Christian Church, and in all respects is a Christian gentleman. His son, William A. Pool, was born in January, 1851. and spent the happy and healthy life of a farmer’s boy. He was educated in the common schools, and married Mary Hunter, a daughter of Thomas and Harriet (Kerbough) Hunter, who were Tennesseans and became residents of Newton County in 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Pool are the parents of seven children: John T., Hallie L., William E., Edna A., Charles A., Luther L. and an infant unnamed. Mr. Pool has resided on his present farm since his marriage. He supports the principles of the Democratic party, and is an excellent citizen and a neighbor.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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