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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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Edmund P. Cardwell, a prominent farmer and stockman of Webster County, Mo., was born in Roane County, Tenn., on the 8th of July, 1822, and is a son of John and Faney (Ganes) Cardwell, who were born, reared and married in Virginia. They moved to Tennessee about 1814, and in 1833 located in what is now Pulaski County, but two years later purchased land where the town of Marshfield now is, but sold out the following year, and from that time until his death resided near Dallas. Edmund P. Cardwell received the education and rearing of the average farmer’s boy, and in July, 1844, was united in marriage to Miss Eda Bruton, a daughter of David Bruton, both of whom were born in Tennessee. He has owned several different farms in Webster County, and since 1868 has resided on his present farm. In 1869 he engaged in the mercantile business in Bloomington, and continued that occupation with good success for about seventeen years. April 13, 1879, his wife died, having borne two children: America F., who is now deceased, and Thomas G., whose sketch appears below. In September, 1879, he married his second wife, Anice Elizabeth Bruton, a daughter of Enoch Bruton. She was born in Wright County, Mo., and is the mother of two children: Caledonia W. and Jessie May. The father is a member of the Missionary 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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