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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 George A. Hart was born in Coffee County, Tenn., February 7, 1840, and is the son of James and Mary (Harthlock) Hart, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father was a farmer by occupation, and died in Hickory County, Mo., in 1862, at the age of sixty-three years. He was a captain in the State Militia. The mother is still living, and makes her home in Hickory County, Mo. Judge George A. Hart emigrated to Hickory County, Mo., with his parents in 1859, but previous to this, in the same year, he was united in marriage to Miss Drusilla Robinson, a native of Tennessee. The fruits of this union were eight children: John, a farmer of Union Township, Benton County; George S., also a farmer of Benton County; James, at home; Mary E., wife of Mr. Jordan, of Union Township; Martha J., wife of Thomas Dienon; Sherman, at home; Ida, at home, and Hastain. After his marriage Judge Hart settled in Hickory County, where he passed the winter of 1859-60. He then moved to Fairfield, Benton County, and there remained until 1862, when he again moved to Hickory County. Here he resided until 1868. Previous to this, in 1862, he enlisted in the cause of the Union in the Eighth Missouri State Militia, and served until July 17, 1865, as a private, participating in many battles. After the war he returned to Hickory County, and, as before mentioned, remained there until 1868, when he moved to Benton County, and settled in Union Township, where he has remained ever since. He now owns 520 acres of land. He has held the office of justice of the peace for eight years, and in 1880 was elected as one of the county judges, which position he still holds. In 1882 he was elected presiding judge, and re-elected to the same position in 1886. Politically he is a Republican, and his first presidential vote was for Lincoln. He is a member of the G. A. R., is a prominent man in politics and all matters pertaining to the good of the county. He started a general store at Hastain, and in 1884 established a saw and grist-mill.

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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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