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The Reverend James M. Warren


Rev. James M. Warren, of Perry County, Mo., a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, was born in Iredell County, N. C. on February 21, 1828. He is the son of Joshua and Nancy (Clary) Warren, also natives of North Carolina.

Joshua Warren was a farmer, and in 1843 left his native State and came to Missouri locating in Perry County, near where the subject of this sketch now resides. Becoming dissatisfied the removed to a farm on the line between Arkansas and Missouri, but when the plague known as the black tongue broke out he left there with the intention of taking his family back to North Carolina, but, stopping a while in Perry County with some of his married children, he finally decided to remain there himself.

Here he died, about the close of the war, after a life of great usefulness at the age of seventy-three years. His widow followed him one year later at the age of seventy-five years. They were the parents of six boys and four girls two of whom are now alive.

Joshua Warren's father, William Warren, was drafted into the Revolutionary War, and lived to the extreme old age of one hundred and ten years. The year before he died he grew quite strong and could work like a youth. He read without spectacles, and went to and from the fields whistling as gaily as a boy.

Rev. James M. Warren is chiefly a self-made man. He has a good education and is a prominent minister. In 1851 he married Eliza Jane Cottoner, who was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., in 1834, and to them have been born nine children, five of whom are now alive: Richard, Joseph, William, Rutter and George.

Rev. Warren has always been a man of deep religious convictions. He was reared a Methodist, but from a close study of the Scriptures, he concluded that immersion was the proper form of baptism, and consequently joined the Baptist Church. He served as a deacon in his church for a many years, and was ordained to preach the gospel when forty years of age.

During the past seventeen years he has preached in many different places in Southeast Missouri, and has been instrumental in bringing many souls to Christ. He is dearly beloved by his church people, and is respected as a citizen.

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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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