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William Cambron


William Cambron, an enterprising farmer of Perry County, Missouri is a native of the County, born on February 20, 1843.He is a son of Benjamin and Adelia (Hagan) Cambron.

Benjamin Cambron came from near Perryville, Kentucky in 1824. He was married in Perry County and reared a family of nine children: James, Lewis, Basil, William, Charles, Louisa, Robert, Pius, and Joseph, of whom six are living and married.

William first marred Sarah E. Dean, by whom he is the father of two children, William, a liveryman of St. Mary's, and Laura, a young lady. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Cambron married Philomene Colliott, of French nativity, and to them have been born ten children, only five, Lina, Elliot, Elias, Fermin and Clarence, are living.

Mr. Cambron purchased his present farm in 1877, since which time he has cleared most of it, and in 1880 erected the finest brick residence between Perryville and St. Mary's. He has 233 acres which comprises two farms, both of which are well improved. He has been a very successful farmer, and has owned and operated several saw mills.

For the last fifteen years he has done much threshing, and now owns a fine steam thresher. He does his farming in a scientific manner, using the latest and best improved machinery.

Mr. Cambron has given his son a handsome start in business, and has considerable means, being one of those men whose word is a good as his bond.

He and his wife are members of the Catholic Church.

During the war, he served under Captain Robert M. Brewer, in Co. B, 4th Mo. Militia, until that regiment was mustered out of service.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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