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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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John Fuson, of the mercantile firm of Fuson & Co., of Seymour, Mo., was born in Wilson County, Tenn., on the 7th of March, 1823, and is a son of Jonathan Fuson, a native of Virginia. The latter was married in his native State to Margaret Malon, who was born in Tennessee, and afterward moved to the latter State and made a farm in Wilson County, but in the fall of 1829 moved to Wayne County, Tenn., where he reared his family and resided until his death, which occurred about 1856. Their son John’s early days were spent on a farm, and he was married there on the 12th of November, 1844, to Mary E. Grimes, a daughter of William Grimes. She was born in Tennessee, and died in 1858, having borne a family of four children, all of whom are residents of Missouri: W. T., J. A., R. B., and Mary J., wife of J. A. Tate, of Wright County. Mr. Fuson married his second wife, whose maiden name was Sophronia Galleyly, in 1858, in Tennessee. She is a daughter of Morris Galleyly, of that State, and is the mother of three sons and two daughters: John M., who is married and resides in Texas; Dr. F. B., who is married and is a resident of Mansfield; James W., whose sketch immediately follows this; Emma C., wife of Prof. W. R. Jackson, of Webster County, and Fanny, wife of P. S. Wilks, of Seymour. In 1860 Mr. Fuson moved to Illinois, and continued to reside in Union County, of that State, until 1869, when he moved to Missouri and located in Webster County, and has since been engaged in merchandising at Seymour, in which business he has been quite successful. He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, in which he has been a deacon for about forty years.

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