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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 W. Novinger a farmer and stock raiser of Nineveh Township, was born near Harrisburg, Penn., January 18, 1847, and is the eighth of the thirteen children of Isaac H. and Christina (Shoop) Novinger, also a native of the same place, and born in 1815 and 1816, respectively. They were married about 1838, and in 1847 removed to Adair County, Mo., locating in Nineveh Township, where Isaac H. became a substantial and well-to-do farmer, successfully raising a family of eight sons and four daughters. Mr. Isaac Novinger cast the first presidential vote that was ever cast in Morrow Township. He was a son of Jonathan Novinger, who was also a native of Pennsylvania, making three generations of Novingers that were born in that State. He also came to Adair County at an early date and purchased a large tract of land there. The mother is still living on the old farm. Both the father and mother were members of the Lutheran Church. George was reared at home, and received his education at the common schools of those days, which he has improved by study since. He was married in 1867 to Miss Mary J., daughter of Adam and Sallie Molter. He has since been a resident of Nineveh Township, and is now the owner of 280 acres of land, eight miles northwest of Kirksville, his property being the result of his own labor, perseverance and economy. Mr. and Mrs. Novinger have three sons: Isaac A., George B. and Samuel Jefferson T. Mr. Novinger has held the offices of assessor and justice of the peace for several years. In 1882 he was elected county judge, and served two years. He is a public-spirited citizen, and is an advocate for all that will increase the prosperity of the country. In politics he is a Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for Seymour in 1868. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and his wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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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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