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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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Joiner Gentry may be ranked among the prosperous farmers and stock men of Webster County, Mo., and was born in Jackson County, Ala., October 13, 1832, and is the son of Bartlett and Priscilla (Monday) Gentry, the father’s birth occurring February 15, 1803, in North Carolina. About 1831 he went to Alabama, thence ten years later to Missouri, locating where the town of Seymour now is. He made this place his home until 1861, when he went to Texas County, Mo., where he is still residing at the age of eighty-six years. Joiner Gentry was reared in Webster County, and during the late war served in the Home Guards and in the quartermaster’s department, and returned home after the cessation of hostilities and engaged in farming, which occupation he has continued in Webster County up to the present time, with the exception of three years spent in Douglas County. His farm of 204 acres was in a very wild state at the time of his purchase, but he has made valuable improvements, and now has about 150 acres under cultivation, sixty acres in grass, and has a commodious frame residence and out-buildings. He became a member of the Masonic order in 1860, and is now a Master Mason. December 27, 1860, he was married to Miss Martha Smith, who was born in Indiana, but was reared in Missouri, and by her is the father of the following family: Willie Sherman, Amos B., Charles O., Mary J., Robert C. and Martha Ann. Mr. and Mrs. Gentry are members of the Christian Church. She is a daughter of Amos and Jane Smith, who were born in Kentucky in 1798 and 1804, respectively, and are in all probability the oldest residents of Webster County. They were married in 1824, and have one son sixty-four years of age.

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