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Thomas H. WILLIAMS
Laura L. TRUSSELL
Husband:  Thomas H. WILLIAMS
Birth:  1835, MO
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Richard WILLIAMS
Mother:  Elizabeth T. __?__
Marriage:  3 Jun 1858, Grundy Co., MO
Wife:  Laura L. TRUSSELL
Birth:  1838/9, OH
Occupation:  homemaker
Parents:  born in VA
Children born in Grundy Co., MO:
1.  Clary? Ann WILLIAMS, b. 1861/2
2.  Pocahontis WILLIAMS, b. 1863/4
3.  Frank Sherman WILLIAMS, b. 1867; d. 1931; Civil War: Co. K, 39th Rgmt, Vol. Inf.; bur. Spickard Masonic Cemetery, Grundy Co., MO
4.  Richard L. WILLIAMS, b. 7 Oct 1870 
5.  William WILLIAMS, b. 1874/5
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Missouri, Virginia

Sources (n.b., Mercer Co. was formed from Grundy Co. in 1845):

1a.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Thomas H. WILLIAMS
Spouse: Laura TRUSSELL
Marriage: 3 Jun 1858, Grundy, Missouri
Source: Marriage Records, 1841-1916; index to marriages, 1841-1937. Grundy County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds.

1b.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1998.  Marriage Index: Missouri, 1851-1900.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-234):
Williams, Thomas H. Trussell, Laura 3 Jun 1858 Grundy Co.

2.  AIS, Missouri Census Index, 1830-70 (online at Ancestry.com):
1860 Williams, Thomas MO Mercer Co. Morgan Twp. p. 130
1870 Williams, Thomas MO Mercer Co. Lindley Twp. p.  92
1870 Williams, Thomas MO Grundy Co. Jefferson Twp. p. 292
The one in 1860 is probably not our subject.  It's not unusual for newlyweds to live with one or the other of their parents, especially up until the first child is born.  The 1860 census records of their parents would confirm/refute that this is the case.

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1860 (Broderbund CD-318):  no MO records on CD.

4.  Family Quest Archives:  Missouri 1870 Census Index.  Heritage Quest ACD-0019:
Surname Given name Age Sex Race Birth Place County Locality Roll Page
Williams Thomas 35 M W KY Grundy Jefferson Twp 777 292

5.  1880 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 27):  Washington Twp., Mercer Co., PA, p. 138B, PN 2, SD 7, ED 231, enumerated 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 21 23 24 25 26
20 20 Williams Thos W M 45     / Farmer   / MO VA VA
    ________ Laura L W F 41 Wife   / Keeping House /   OH VA VA
    ________ Clary? An W F 18 Daughter /   at Home /   MO MO OH
    ________ Pocahontis W F 16 Daughter /   at Home /   MO MO OH
    ________ Frank Sherman W M 13 Son /         MO MO OH
    ________ Richard L W M  9 Son /         MO MO OH
    ________ William W M  5 Son /         MO MO OH
Living two doors down from Thomas's brother, William WILLIAMS.

6.  Mrs. Lee Hathaway & Mrs. Vernal Ralston.  1962-64. Spickard Masonic Cemetery, Grundy County, MO (online at the Grundy County MOGenWeb site [link died]):
WILLIAMS, F.S. 1867 1931 Co. K U.S. V. inf. 39 Reg

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