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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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Alexander G. Cardwell was born in Webster County, Mo., on the 14th of December, 1837, and is a son of Dr. Thomas P. and Katie (Steward) Cardwell, who were born in Virginia and Tennessee, respectively. After their marriage they resided in Tennessee for a number of years, and about 1830 moved to Missouri, locating in what is now Webster County, where the father made a farm, reared his family, and resided until his death in September, 1882. He was a practicing physician for many years, and served several terms as justice of the peace. His five sons and five daughters lived to mature years, and four sons and three daughters are living at the present time. Alexander G. Cardwell was reared near his present place of abode, and during the late Civil War served in the Home Guards and State Militia. In 1858 he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Mobley, and soon after located in Douglas County, where he resided about three years, since which time he has been a resident of Webster County. In 1865 he settled on 183 acres of raw land on Finley Creek, and by industry and good management has succeeded in putting 100 acres of his farm under good cultivation, and has erected a good residence and barns. He also owns another farm of 160 acres, with about sixty under cultivation. His wife died in the spring of 1883, having borne four children: William Thomas, Perry W., Linda B. and Samuel Tilden; and in the fall of 1885 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Denny, who was born and reared in Webster County, and died on the 6th of June, 1888, Mr. Cardwell is a member of the Free-will Baptist Church.

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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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