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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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Newton F. Grier, farmer, stock raiser, and native of Webster County, Mo., was born on the 18th of July, 1840. His father, Samuel Grier, was born in North Carolina, and was there married to Elizabeth Pleasant, who was also born in Caswell County, N. C. They moved to Missouri as early as 1834, and purchased land in what is now Webster County, where they reared their family and resided until their respective deaths, the father’s demise occurring in August, 1871. Of ten children born to them nine lived to maturity and became heads of families, and four brothers and four sisters are living at the present writing. Newton F. Grier’s boyhood days were spent in attending the common schools and assisting his father on the farm, and in 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army, in Col. Snavel’s regiment, but was wounded by a gunshot in the thigh at the battle of Pea Ridge, being permanently disabled, and was obliged to return home. He was married in Webster County, in March, 1867, to Sarah E. Smith, whose father, William Smith, was an early emigrant from Tennessee to Missouri, and about two years after his marriage located on his present farm of 260 acres. He has 150 acres of land in a good state of cultivation, and has a commodious and comfortable residence. His wife died in December, 1879, having borne a family of three sons and one daughter: Tasso, Samuel, Dorsey and Ollie. In September, 1880, Mr. Grier married Mary E., the daughter of John Morton, and by her has two children, Everett and Roxie. The family worship at the 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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