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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Ray County, Missouri and published by Missouri Historical Company, in 1881.  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.

THOMAS B. HEWLETT. The subject of this sketch was born August 16, 1815, in Hanover county, Virginia. He is descended, on the paternal side, from Scotch ancestry; his mother's people were English. When he was but a year old, his parents removed with him to Washington county, Kentucky, where he grew up to manhood's estate. In the fall of 1836, he emigrated to Palmyra, Missouri, but, after remaining only a year, went back to Kentucky. Again, in 1842, he came to Missouri, and chose Ray county as the place for his future and permanent residence, settling, at first, seven miles north of Richmond, where he continued to reside until 1857, at which time he sold his farm and bought the one where he now lives. Here, he built Hewlett's saw mill, and in 1859, also a grist mill, which he operated, as miller, for eighteen years. In 1878, he sold his mill, and since that time, has devoted his attention altogether to farming. Mr. Hewlett was, in 1880, a successful candidate for judge of the county court of Ray county. This honorable position he has since filled, to the entire satisfaction of the people. Judge Hewlett was married, before he left Kentucky, in April, 1836, to Miss Nancy Flournoy, a native of that state. They had four children, two of whom, John P., born July 3, 1839, and Emily, born April 23, 1847, still survive. Mrs. Hewlett died August 15, 1847, and he married again April 4, 1852. The second Mrs. Hewlett is a native of Missouri. Her maiden name was Miss Rhoda A. Trigg. The fruit of the last union is four children, living: Thomas R., Jr., born January 18, 1853; Pocahontas, born May 5, 1854; Elizabeth, born August 8, 1859; Alexander D., born March 30, 1861. Judge Hewlett's father, Terry Hewlett, was a Virginian, born about 1770, and died in 1820. He served valiantly under the American flag in the war of 1812. The gentleman whose name heads this article is well and widely known, and highly respected and esteemed, as his official position testifies. He owns a fine, fertile farm, comprising three hundred and ten acres of the best land in the county, abundantly stocked and equipped, and is well fixed to end his days in comfort, and at peace with all mankind. 

This family biography is one of 523 biographies included in the History of Ray County, Missouri published in 1881.  For the complete description, click here: Ray County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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