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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster 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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Adam M. Blunt is one of the old settlers of Webster County, Mo., and was born in Mecklenburgh County, N. C., August 4, 1819, his father, James Blunt, being also a North Carolinian. Dorcas Moore, who was of Irish descent, and was also born in North Carolina, became the latter’s wife, and died in her native county when her son Adam was a small boy. James Blunt died in 1830. Adam Blunt remained in North Carolina until 1835, when he went to Texas and enlisted in Col. Steele’s independent regiment, serving nine months. After residing in Tennessee until 1839, he came to Missouri, and was married in Lincoln County, March 1, 1843, to Nancy G. Williams, who was born in North Carolina June 16, 1828, a daughter of John and Fannie Williams; of North Carolina. After residing in Missouri for about two years they moved to Arkansas, but shortly after returned to Missouri, and up to 1854 resided in Lincoln County. From that time until the present he has remained in Webster County, with the exception of one year (1877) when he lived in Texas. He has sixty acres of his 105 acre farm under cultivation, and has a comfortable residence and good barns and orchards. In 1861 he enlisted in the Twenty-fourth Missouri Infantry, United States Army, and served until he received his discharge in October, 1864, being promoted to first sergeant, and participated in a number of engagements, the following being the most important: Pea Ridge, Ark., and Tupelo, Miss. He received his discharge at St. Louis, and after returning home was elected lieutenant of a company of State Militia. He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the G. A. R., and the following are the children born to his union with Miss Williams: James L., Alfred M., Lavina (wife of George Spradling), Daniel L., George, Huldah J. (wife of William Potter) and Sarah E. (wife of W. D. Edwards). Those deceased are John C. (who was killed February 2, 1862, while serving in the United States army), Mary F. (who was married, and died September 20, 1878), Martha E. (married, and died April 19, 1879), Joseph A. (who died July 12, 1871, aged sixteen years) and an infant. Mr. Blunt and wife are members of the Christian Church. Their son, Alfred M. Blunt, was born in Lincoln County, Mo., July 30, 1849, but was reared to manhood in Webster County, and remained with his father until twenty years of age, enlisting in 1863 in the Sixteenth Missouri Cavalry, and, after participating in the battles of Big Blue, Independence, Boonville and the fights with Price in Missouri, he received his discharge on the 29th of June, 1864, and returned to his home, where he was married September 3, 1868, to Miss Ruthie E., a daughter of Thomas W. Potter, who was formerly from Illinois. She was born and reared in Greene County, Mo., and in 1874 she and Mr. Blunt located on their present farm of eighty acres, forty of which are under cultivation. They have made many improvements since locating, and have a comfortable home and out-buildings, and a good bearing orchard of 125 trees, besides a young orchard of 500 trees. He is a Republican in politics, and has served part of two terms as constable of his township. His wife died on the 4th of October, 1885, leaving the following family: Sarah E. (wife of Jasper Miller), Mary E., Celia, James and Thomas. Two infants are deceased. August 7, 1887, he wedded Edith Atkinson, a daughter of John Atkinson (deceased). She was born in Arkansas and reared in Missouri. Mr. Blunt is a member of the Agricultural Wheel.

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This family biography is one of 110 biographies included in The History of Webster County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Webster County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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