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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Howard County, Missouri published in 1883 by National Historical Company.  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.

CHARLES F. OVERSTREET. Farmer, soldiering and merchandising have each claimed a share of Mr. Overstreet's time and energy since his youth. He is now engaged in farming, to which most of his life has been devoted, and has a farm of 200 acres. He was born in Albermarle county, Virginia, February 28, 1832. His father, William B., was a native of Virginia, as was also his grandfather, Charles Overstreet. Charles, his grandfather, was a soldier in the war for independence, and served in the revolutionary army until the close of that struggle. Mr. Overstreet's mother, before her marriage, was a Miss Sophia Harris, also of Virginia, and his parents mere married in that state. When the son, the subject of this sketch, was but four years old the family came to Missouri and settled in St. Charles county, where they remained until 1845. They then came on to Howard county and here young Overstreet was reared and educated in the common schools of the neighborhood. In 1854 Mr. Overstreet, the son, then being a young man twenty-two years of age, went to the town of New Franklin and engaged in the boot and shoe business, in which he continued until 1858. During the last named year he resumed farming, and this business he has since followed except the time he spent in the army. In 1861 he enlisted in the Missouri state guards under the call of Governor Jackson, and served about three months. Again, in 1864, he enlisted under General Jo Shelby, and served under him until the surrender in 1865. Mr. Overstreet was married on the 14th of 1860, to Miss Rachel Swope, a Missouri lady by birth, and they have seven children, John H., Sophia E., Josephine, Charles F., Lou Ellen, Stonewall Jackson, Hugh Doniphan.

This family biography is one of 400+ biographies included in the History of Howard County, Missouri published by National Historical Company in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Howard County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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