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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of 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.

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Davis W. Begole was born in Washtenaw County, Mich., August 6, 1842, and was the son of William A. Begole, a native of New York, who came to Michigan when a young man, and there married Abigail Nowland, a native of Maryland, and who was the mother of our subject. Mr. Begole was one of the first settlers of Washtenaw County, commencing to live there when the country was a wilderness. He died upon the same place he entered on July 7, 1880. His wife died January 5, 1855. He was twice married, and by his first marriage had four sons and three daughters, all of whom are living with the exception of one son. D. W. was the youngest son, and grew to manhood in his native county, receiving a good education at the common schools and at Ypsilanti, Mich. After becoming of age he remained with his father about two years, but in the spring of 1866 came to Missouri, where he was married in Macon County, April 30, 1867, to Miss Lydia Stanford, a daughter of Michael Stanford. Mrs. Begole was born in Illinois, and reared in that State and in Missouri. They have seven children: Allie (a young lady), William A., John W., Charles M., George B., Minnie and Lester A. Mr. and Mrs. Begole are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and Mr. Begole is also a member of the Paulville Lodge, No. 819, A. F. & A. M. He has 214 acres of land all in one tract, and about 200 of prairie land under cultivation. He has a large farm residence of one and one-half stories, and good outbuildings, and an orchard of about 120 trees. Mr. Begole located on this place in the spring of 1866, and commenced improving it the same year.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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