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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Lawrence County, Missouri History published in 1888 by Goodspeed.  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.

George N. Bennett. It is everywhere acknowledged that keen perception, sound judgment and a determined will, supported by continuous effort, will surely result in success, and the mercantile experience of Mr. Bennett., in Peirce City, fully bears out the truth of this statement, for he is numbered among the substantial business men and enterprising citizens of the town. It was in 1874 that he came to Peirce City and engaged in the drug business, and his reputation in his line of business is second to none in Southwest Missouri. He was born in Putney, Windham Co., Vt., December 20, 1836. His parents, Daniel and Lorinda (Allen) Bennett, were both born in the Green Mountain State. Here he lived until nine years of age, and then went with his parents to New York, and subsequently to Massachusetts, which State was his home for ten years. At the breaking out of the late war he enlisted in the First Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and after serving for sixteen months was commissioned second lieutenant, and assigned to duty in the Thirty-eighth Massachusetts Infantry, and for over four years experienced all the hard-ships incident to a soldier's life. He participated in both battles of Bull Run, and was with Banks in his Red River expedition, and was afterward with Sheridan in his Shenandoah Valley campaign. After the war he returned to Massachusetts, where he remained two years, and then went to Faribault, Minn., thence to Sedalia, Mo., where he resided for five years, and was then induced to go to Parsons, Kas., and take charge of a drug store, which he afterward purchased, and removed to Peirce City, as stated above, in 1874. Mr. Bennett is a man of sterling integrity, and nothing can swerve him from what he believes to be right. He was married September 13, 1874, to Hattie Felix, of Missouri, by whom he is the father of one son, Theron.

This family biography is one of 117 pages of biographies included in the History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

View additional Lawrence County, Missouri biographies here: Lawrence County Missouri Genealogy


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