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Below is a sample of a family biography
included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County
Missouri and published by Chapman Bros. in 1895.
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
WILLIAM PENN LAMB became identified with the welfare of Johnson County in
1868, when he removed to the farm in township 46, range 25, which is now owned
and carried on by his widow. This place comprises one hundred and thirty-three
acres, mostly under cultivation, and nearly all of the improvements to be
found thereon were inaugurated by Mr. Lamb. At the time of his purchase of the
property it bore little resemblance to what it is at present, one of the best
in this district. It is now nearly twenty years since he was called to his
final rest, but his memory is still cherished by his old neighbors and former
friends, of whom he had not a few.
Born on a farm near Carlinville, Ill., May 30, 1840, William P., of this
sketch, was a son of William and Mary (Herrin) Lamb. The father was a native
of Kentucky and went to Illinois with his father, settling in Macoupin County,
where he became prominent and well-to-do. He married a daughter of the Prairie
State, and together they spent happy and useful lives on a farm which Mr. Lamb
had entered. They had five children, of whom our subject is the youngest.
Mary, George and one unnamed died in infancy. John W., the eldest-born,
married Mary Waters, of Madison County, Ill. His death occurred in 1891, and
his wife's demise took place in this county.
When he was only three years of age, the father of William P. Lamb was called
to the home beyond. The widow subsequently became the wife of a Mr. McGaffey,
of the same county, and then young William went to live with his maternal
uncle, George W. Herrin, who owns a farm in Madison County, Ill., and under
whose roof he continued to dwell until reaching his majority. When the war
broke out he enlisted in Company G, Twenty-second Illinois Infantry, in June,
1861, and fought for a portion of the time under the orders of General Grant,
participating in the famous battles of Bull Run, Chickamauga and Stone River.
In the last-named engagement he received a bullet wound in the shoulder, and
was sent to the hospital at Camp Dennison, Ohio, where he remained for three
months. Then, joining his company, he served until being mustered out near
Cincinnati, his honorable discharge being dated July 16, 1864. He went back to
his old home with his uncle, but remained there only a short time, however,
when he returned to Ohio. There he found employment with a Mr. Ritter as a
gardener on his farm twenty-five miles from Cincinnati. At the end of nine
months he went back to Madison County, and for nearly a year worked on a farm.
March 1, 1866, Mr. Lamb and Louisa Horstman were united in marriage. She was
born October 10, 1847, being a daughter of Francis and Catherine Horstman. The
former, a native of Hanover, Germany, was born October 6, 1820, and his wife
was also of German birth. They were married in the United States and located
on a farm in St. Louis County, Mo. Reared in the faith of the Catholic Church,
Mr. Horstman adhered to its teachings in his early manhood, but afterwards
became a convert to the Methodist denomination and began preaching the Gospel.
His ordination was celebrated at St. Charles, Mo., in the summer of 1844, and
his earnest labors extended through several counties in this state and
Illinois. His death occurred June 16, 1853, in Highland, Madison County, Ill.
Mrs. Lamb was bereft of her mother's care by death when she was only two years
of age, and was reared by Edward C. Dugger, of Highland, with whom she lived
until her marriage. She was one of five children, three of whom, Catherine and
two who did not live to receive a name, died in infancy. The eldest, Mary, now
a resident of Holden, Mo., married Israel Fairchild, since deceased.
For two years after his marriage Mr. Lamb lived on a rented farm in Madison
County, but in 1868 came direct to this township, having previously purchased
a farm. To himself and wife were born four children, who all received good
educations and are living at home with their mother. They are as follows:
Rosa, born November 6, 1867; George, January 17, 1869; Elsie, October 30,
1870; and Ella, February 17, 1873. The latter is a successful teacher.
Politically Mr. Lamb was a Republican and discharged his duties as a citizen
with fidelity. He was an attendant at the Methodist Episcopal Church of
Warrensburg, of which Mrs. Lamb is a member.
This family biography is from Johnson
County and is one of 478
biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and
Pettis County Missouri published
in 1895. For the complete description, click here:
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