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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Aaron H. Gist, of Benton County, Mo., was born in Tennessee in 1822, and settled in what was then Morgan County, Mo., in 1838, there making his home until 1874, when he located with his family on a farm on Turkey Creek, in Benton County. He is a son of Watson Gist, of Tennessee, who married Sallie Hayes, of Kentucky, a daughter of Aaron Hayes. Watson Gist was a son of Benjamin Gist, who married Miss Hines, of Tennessee. Mr. Gist (our subject) was married to Malinda Uptegrove in 1848, by which he became the father of two children—William Henderson (deceased) and Benjamin D., who married Lavina A. McGroth, of Virginia. Malinda Gist died in 1853. A. H. Gist was married to Nancy J. Gunter in 1854, a daughter of James and Mary Gunter, by whom he became the father of seven children: James L., deceased; Watson H., who married Margaret T. Langford; Sarah J., married to Billington Johnson; Christopher K., who married May Allee, daughter of Logan and Dizana Allee, of Moniteau County, Mo.; Artemus R., Edgar D. and Edna B. The last two are twins, and Edna B. is married to H. D. Wright, of Benton County. Watson H. Gist is a successful merchant and farmer, and is now the proprietor of the only store in the village of Hockman, having been in business in that place since 1885. He was appointed postmaster at that time, and has since held the office, and is considered one of the intelligent and enterprising men of the settlement. He keeps an excellent stock of general merchandise, and is doing well financially.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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