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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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Judge B. F. Shaver, one of the leading men of Union Township, is a native of Middle Tennessee, born February 15, 1844, and is the son of William and Susan (Langford) Shaver, also natives of Tennessee. The father was a carpenter and farmer by occupation. He died in the fall of 1846, and the widow and six children then came to Benton County, Mo., settling in Fristoe Township, where the mother spent the remainder of her days. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and died September 22, 1881, at the age of sixty-three years. Judge B. F. Shaver grew to manhood in Benton County, and was there married to Miss Leatha M. Black, a native of Benton County, and the daughter of James M. Black. Mr. and Mrs. Shaver are the parents of five children, all at home: James H., Mary S., Thomas W., Jesse and Luther Dee. Judge Shaver and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church, and he is steward of the same. He is the owner of 430 acres of land, and is one of the prominent farmers of the county. He is a Republican in his political views; was elected by that party to the position of associate judge in 1886, and held that office two years. He commenced life a poor boy, and has made all his property by his own individual labor. He is engaged in farming and stock-raising. For a number of years he was occupied in teaching school. He enlisted in the war for the Union, in 1863, and served until cessation of hostilities. He was in numerous skirmishes with the bushwhackers.

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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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