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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Barton County, Missouri History published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing 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. Rouse, a farmer of LeRoy Township, was born in Shelby County, Ind., in 1836, and is a son of William and Anna (Tanner) Rouse, who were born, reared, and married in Kentucky, afterward removing to Indiana, where Mrs. Rouse died in 1841. Mr. Rouse afterward married again, and died in Johnson County, Ind., in 1883, having been a farmer through life. His father, Samuel Rouse, was of German descent, a Virginian, and died in Shelby County, Ind. George W. Rouse received but little schooling in his youth. He was married, in 1861, to Miss Martha, a daughter of Elias and Sarah Yoke, who were born in Kentucky, and died in Indiana. To Mr. and Mrs. Rouse nine children were born, four of whom are living: Leslie, Bert, Oscar, and Laura B. Their children that are dead are buried in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. In 1878 Mr. Rouse moved, with his family, to Barton County, Mo., and now owns an excellent farm of eighty acres, on which is a fine house and good buildings. In 1862 Mr. Rouse joined Company K, One Hundredth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, for three years, or until the close of the war, in the Army of the Tennessee, and was with Sherman in the battles of Jackson, Mission Ridge, the Georgia and Atlanta campaigns, and was present at the grand review, in Washington, D. C. He received his discharge at Indianapolis. Ind., and returned to farm life. One of his brothers, Christopher C., served throughout the entire war, in the Twenty-sixth Indiana Infantry, Rifle Corps; and, another, David, was in the Thirty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Mr. Rouse was reared a Democrat, but is now a Republican politically.

This family biography is one of 166 biographies included in the History of Barton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Barton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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


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