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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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G. W. Weaver was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, and is the son of Gabriel Weaver, a native of the same place, who moved to Benton County, Mo., in 1869. His family at that time consisted of three married sons and two married daughters, his wife and one single son, the subject of this sketch, being the eldest of the four. J. C. Shepherd and E. N. Sharp, who had married daughters of Gabriel Weaver, came to Missouri the next year. Mr. Shepherd still lives in Benton County, where he has a family of three children. Mrs. Weaver died in December, 1884, but Mr. Weaver is still living. G. W. Weaver was married in Ohio, May 10, 1859, to Miss Morris, of Darke County, Ohio, who lived only two years after arriving in Benton County. Afterward Mr. Weaver lived in Illinois a few years, and returned to Missouri in 1878, where he was united in marriage January 28, 1878, to Mrs. Sallie F. Thomas, daughter of William McDaniel, of Benton County. Mrs. Thomas was the widow of J. P. Thomas, of Callaway County, Mo., who died in March, 1872, leaving three children, W. S., C. P. and Susie. William McDaniel came to this section before the county was formed, and settled on the place where he now resides, being probably the longest continuous resident on the same farm of any man now living in the county. On this place Mrs. Weaver was born, and she says she can remember distinctly hearing the wolves howl and also recalls seeing Indians as they were on their hunting expeditions from the Territory of Kansas.

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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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