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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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Judge George R. Huston is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Adams County, December 6, 1825. His father, Robert Huston, was a native of Ireland, and came to the States when but nineteen years old, settling in Adams County, where he married Mary Rynard, a native of Pennsylvania. Mr. Huston was a teacher during his early life. Both he and his wife lived in Adams County until their death. Judge Huston was the second child of a family of four sons and three daughters, all of whom reached their majority, three of his brothers and one sister still living. One of his brothers is also a resident of Adair County at the present time. The Judge grew to maturity in Adams County, and has secured his education by his own efforts since attaining his majority. He was married in Center County, Penn., September 13, 1851, to Miss Mary Spotts, a native of that county, and who passed away in Pennsylvania, about two years later. Having become proficient in the shoemaking business when a youth, the Judge followed that trade until 1866, with the exception of the time he spent in the war. He enlisted in his country’s service August 19, 1862, Company B, One Hundred and Forty-eighth Pennsylvania Infantry, under Col. Beaver, the present Governor of Pennsylvania. He was raised from the rank of private to that of sergeant, and served until his discharge August 19, 1865. He participated in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, and was wounded in the latter by a shell striking him in the back, and was taken to the hospital from which he was removed to the veteran reserve corps, where he remained until the close of the war. Besides these battles he was engaged in several skirmishes. He was united to his present wife, Abigail (McEwen) Huston, who was born in Center County, Penn., and was the daughter of William McEwen. Mrs. Huston was reared and educated in the county where she was born. Judge Huston moved to Adair County, Mo., in 1867, when he purchased the land upon which he now lives, and proceeded to improve it. His home place contains 160 acres of finely improved prairie land, all fenced, and he occupies a substantial and comfortable house. He has eighty acres adjoining this tract also fenced, half of which is under cultivation, and through which the new Santa Fe road passes. He also has twenty-five acres of timber in Section 23. Mr. Huston is a strong Republican, firmly believing in fighting for that party by the ballot; as well as with arms. Previous to the war he was a Democrat. He was elected county judge in the fall of 1883, by a majority of seventy-three and re-elected last fall by a majority of 227. The Judge is a member of the G. A. R, Corporal Dix Post, Kirksville, and also of La Plata Lodge, No. 237, A. F. & A. M. Both he and his wife are Methodists. He has six children: D. P., a son of his first wife, married and living in Adair County; F. L., also married; Elmer E., single; Carrie B., a young lady; Daniel H. and Estella C.

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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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