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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 M. Cantrell, a well-to-do farmer and stockman of Webster County, Mo., was born in McMinn County, Tenn., December 4, 1836, being a son of Gabriel and Nancy (Smith) Cantrell, both of whom were Tennesseeans by birth. The father was a teacher by profession, and served several years as sheriff of McMinn County, and died there in 1849. In 1853 his widow and family moved to Missouri, locating in Dade County, and two years later in Webster County, settling on what is known as Cantrell’s Creek. Alexander M. remained with his mother until about twenty-five, years of age, and in November, 1861, he enlisted at Rolla in Col. Phelps’ regiment for six months, and at the end of that time went to Illinois, where he was engaged in farming for three years. In July, 1862, he was married, in Webster County, to Miss Harriet Manry, who was a daughter of Edward Manry, of Alabama. He became a resident of Webster County in 1860, and is now deceased. Mrs. Cantrell was born in Tennessee. In October, 1867, they moved back to Missouri, and purchased their present farm of 360 acres, which was then in a very wild state. About half of his farm consists of bottom land, and 200 acres are cleared and under cultivation, and furnished with excellent buildings. He also has another tract of 119 acres well improved. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and has always supported the principles of the Republican party. His children’s names are as follows: Elmina, wife of Alexander Hall; Hezekiah, who is married and resides in Webster County; John D., Mary, Dora, Martha, Clementina, Edward, Charles, Elva and A. Logan. Mr. and Mrs. Cantrell are members of the Protestant Methodist 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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