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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Holt County, Missouri History published in 1882 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.

GEORGE W. GASKILL, section 7, one of the leading farmers of Union Township, was born in Greene County, Ohio, February 17, 1834. Nehemiah Gaskill, his father, was born in New Jersey, as was also his mother, formerly Charlotta Branson. The subject of this sketch was raised in Montgomery County, Ohio, on a farm, obtaining common school advantages. In 1850, he went to Indiana, and located in Whitley County, where he engaged in farming. During the war, in September, 1862, he enlisted in the Forty-seventh Indiana Infantry, and served for three years, participating in the battles of Fort Gibson, Champion's Hill, and Vicksburg, and other smaller engagements. After he was discharged he returned home and engaged in farming. Mr. Gaskill was married October 25, 1866, to Miss S. A. Fast, daughter of F. J. and M. K. Fast. She was born in Jefferson County, Ohio. Mr. Gaskill subsequently moved to Missouri, locating in Union Township in the spring of 1869. He has 220 acres of land in his home place, all fenced, with fair improvements, two bearing orchards, and an abundance of small fruits. He also makes a business of feeding and handling stock. Mr. and Mrs. Gaskill have two children: F. J., born May 3, 1870, and George W., born May 27, 1874. They have lost one child, Charley, born in September, 1867, and died March 5, 1870. Mr. and Mrs. G. are members of the Old School Presbyterian Church.

This family biography is one of 365 biographies included in the History of Holt County, Missouri published by National Historical Company in 1882.  For the complete description, click here: Holt County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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