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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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George W. Cain, one of the most prosperous farmers in Adair County, was born December 3, 1833, and has spent his entire life on the old home place. By his marriage to Christina Novinger, a native of Pennsylvania, to whom he was married in 1860, he has had three sons and one daughter. His ancestry is well known. The father, John Cain, was born January 25, 1773, in South Carolina, and after a childhood in North Carolina spent his youth in Kentucky, near the present site of Louisville. He afterward made a trip on horseback to Howard County, Mo., carrying a half bushel of seed corn, guns, blankets, etc., and after growing one crop, returned for his family. Their family consisted of his wife, Mrs. Onie (Gentry) Martin, and their children, Celia and Winnie. The mother died sometime after, and he then married Emily Hill, a native of Georgia, by whom he had six sons and six daughters, of whom the ten living to maturity are as follows: Mrs. A. K. Collett, Jackson (a soldier of the Mexican War, now deceased), Mary (deceased in Texas), George (our subject), Ruth, John (deceased in the confederate service), Polmona, Melissa, Philip and William. During one of the annual bee hunts, along the Chariton River, which the father and a few others were accustomed to take, as early as 1827 and 1828, he located at the White Cabins, in February, 1830, and after growing a fine crop of corn, returned for his family. He purchased the claims of the white settlers who had located there, one of whom he paid with a pattern of shoe leather. Sometime after this the United States officials came to his farm, and made their home there while they built Clark’s Fort. The father died in December, 1850, near Milan, Mo., and the mother survived him until March 29, 1860. Our subject is a worthy successor of his enterprising father, and an esteemed citizen.

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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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