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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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Samuel H. Caldwell, retired farmer and merchant of Henderson, Mo., was born in Lee County, Va., November 30, 1833. His father, Samuel Caldwell, was a Kentuckian, but was reared, educated and married in Virginia, the latter event being to Miss Eliza Cissel, of Virginia. In 1840 they came to Greene County, Mo., where they reared their family and spent the greater part of their remaining days, the father’s death occurring in Henderson about 1875. Samuel H. Caldwell remained with his father until eighteen years, of age, and March 17, 1853, was married in Webster County to Miss Sidney C. Caldwell, a daughter of Col. Andrew Caldwell, who died at Chester, Ill., having served in the War of 1812. Mr. Caldwell first located in Cole County, Ill., but in 1856 came to Henderson, and the following year opened a tan-yard, which business he had learned in boyhood, and followed this occupation until 1864. He owned all the land where the town of Henderson now is, and assisted in laying out the town, the first store being built about 1868 by A. T. Graves, Dr. Allen and Mr. Caldwell. The latter has served as county assessor and justice of the peace, and during the late war served in the State Militia, being called out on two or three occasions. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and their union has been blessed in the birth of the following children: W. S., a farmer of Webster County; Frederick J., a dentist, and Ollie J., who resides with her parents.

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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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