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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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Alonzo Rouse, who is also classed among the prominent and enterprising farmers and stock-raisers of the county, is a native of New York, born in Jefferson County, February 19, 1818. He is the son of Hon. William Rouse, a native of Connecticut, and Sophia (Collins) Rouse, a New York lady by birth. The father followed farming in Jefferson County, N. Y., for many years, and represented his county in the New York Legislature several terms. He held other local offices in his county; was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died January 21, 1886. Alonzo Rouse grew to mature years on the farm in Jefferson County. He remained with his parents until twenty-one years of age, and was married in that county January 31, 1841, to Miss Olivia Crumb, a native of Jefferson County, who was reared and educated there, and who is the daughter of Weightstill Crumb. After his marriage Mr. Rouse settled on a farm in Jefferson County, and there tilled the soil until 1866. He then moved west in February of that year, locating at Cole Camp, and purchased a farm adjoining that village. He has 200 acres principally of meadow land and fifty acres of timber. Mr. and Mrs. Rouse have reared several orphan children, and have two with them now, rearing two in New York State. They are both members of the Congregational Church, and Mr. Rouse is a deacon in the same. The latter lost his first wife June 18, 1856, and was married the second time, in Jefferson County, January 31, 1858, to Miss Rebecca Canfield, a native of Jefferson County, and the daughter of Albert Canfield, also a native of that county. Mrs. Rouse is also a member of the Congregational Church.

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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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