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Below is a sample of a family biography included in Youngs' History of Lafayette County, Missouri and published by B. F. Bowen in 1910.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

BENJAMIN D. WEEDIN. One of the most highly honored and best known of the venerable citizens of Lexington township, Lafayette county, is Benjamin D. Weedin, a man who has performed well his every duty as he saw it and has not only been successful in a material way but has at the same time won a reputation that will be enduring among those whom he has met as a result of his honest, up right life and his desire to help others on the onward march of life.

Mr. Weedin was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, September 24, 1831, and is the son of Caleb and Eliza S. (Moore) Weedin, the father a native of South Carolina and the son of Benjamin Weedin, who was born in England, from which country he came to South Carolina before the Revolutionary war, and he took part in that struggle. He was a man of sterling qualities, a hardy pioneer, who loved to brave the wilds, fearing neither red man nor wild beast. He went to Kentucky in a very early day, and later came to Missouri and farmed in Boone county, where he died.

Caleb Weedin, father of Benjamin D. of this review, returned to Kentucky, where he was married, and there he spent the rest of his life. He was a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian church and did a great deal of good. and was well and most favorably known among the people of his day and generation. His family consisted of eleven children, of which number Benjamin D., of this sketch, was the second in order of birth.

Benjamin D. Weedin was educated in the common schools of Kentucky, later graduating from Central College, and subsequently took up civil engineering and, being exceptionally well equipped for his calling, he worked successfully at the same for many years, his services being in great demand. In the early fifties there was a great influx of people from the East to Missouri, and Mr. Weedin followed that tide of civilization in 1855, locating in Lafayette county, where he followed surveying until the breaking out of the Civil war, when, sympathizing with the South, he joined, in 1861, Rufner's Battery, Price's army, and served with the Confederate army until the close of the war. By meritorious service he was made lieutenant in 1862. He saw some hard service, but was always very faithful in the discharge of his duty. After the war he returned to Lexington township, where he has since made his home, devoting his attention to agricultural pursuits and surveying, having done more surveying than any other man in the county. He has developed an excellent farm and is one of the substantial men of his community. He has an attractive home and good outbuildings and he always keeps some good stock.

Mr. Weedin was married on August 31, 1865, to Martha Ann Lankford, daughter of Hulda C. Lanford. This union resulted in the birth of seven children, four of whom are deceased; they were named as follows: Samuel died in infancy; Kirby C. is a civil engineer and lives in New York; William B. lives in Colorado where he is engaged in the practice of medicine; the fourth child died in infancy; Katie S. is living at home; Sarah is deceased; the seventh child died in infancy. The mother of these children is also deceased. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and was a devout Christian woman. Mr. Weedin is also a member and a liberal supporter of this church and in politics he votes the Democratic ticket. Fraternally, he is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, having passed through the commandery and has long been prominent in local circles of this time-honored order.

Mr. Weedin has served one term as county judge, making a record that reflected much credit upon himself and that was eminently satisfactory to his constituents and all concerned. He looked well to the interests of the county, which he has ever had at heart since casting his lot within her borders, doing what he could at all times to further movements looking to the up-building of the same.

This family biography is one of 323 biographies included in Youngs' History of Lafayette County, Missouri published in 1910.  For the complete description, click here: Lafayette County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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