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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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Joseph P. Cantrell, whose name is synonymous with the farming and stock raising interests of Webster County, was born in Tennessee, October 16, 1847, and is the son of Gabriel and Nancy Cantrell, whose maiden name was Miss Smith. The parents were both natives of Tennessee, and the father died in this State about 1849 or 1850. The mother died in Webster County, Mo., at about eighty years of age. The family came to Missouri in 1853, and lived here for two years in Dade County, but about 1855 they removed to Webster County, and settled on Cantrell’s Creek, in High Prairie Township, being among the early settlers in that part of the county. Joseph P. Cantrell is one of a pair of twins, and the youngest in a family of fourteen children, nine of whom are living. He remained on the farm until twenty years of age, and then began life for himself, without education, and can neither read nor write. Notwithstanding all this he is at present one of the successful farmers and stock traders of the county, and has bought and shipped a large amount of stock from this county to St. Louis. He owns a farm in High Prairie Township, which consists of 470 acres, and for ten years he has been engaged in the stock business. He was married in 1868 to Miss Caroline Cantrell, who was born in Webster county, Mo., and whose parents were early settlers of this county. Mr. and Mrs. Cantrell have nine children: John G., William, Nancy, Malissa, Joseph, Ada, Emma, Messie and Mattie. Mr. Cantrell has been a resident of Webster County for thirty-five years or more, and is an honest, industrious citizen. He is a Mason, member of the Niangua lodge, and is a Republican in his political views.

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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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