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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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John W. Fowler, now living on Section 22, White Township, Benton Co., Mo., is one of the old settlers and prominent citizens of the county. He was born May 16, 1842, and is the son of Samuel and Mary A. Fowler, being second in order of birth in their family of seven children, viz.: Sarah H., wife of C. C. Rainwater, now in St. Louis; John W.; Anna E., wife of Henry C. Carpenter, now in Benton County, Mo.; Louisa, wife of Henry Meisner, now in Benton County; Amanda (deceased), the wife of W. R. D. Mabry; Susan H., wife of G. W. Campbell, now at Warsaw, and Henry C., who is now south of Cole Camp, on the old homestead. John W. Fowler married Miss Francis P. Via, daughter of William Via, September 22, 1862, and one child (Mary Garnet) is the result of this union. She is now the wife of Dr. R. L. Shodburn, and is living in Windsor, Mo. Mr. Fowler entered the Union service in the fall of 1864, in Company I, Forty-fifth Missouri Infantry Volunteers. After his marriage he remained at home (with the exception of the time spent in the army) until 1866, when he moved to his present farm, which consists of 320 acres, and which was given him by his father. This farm is one of the best in the county, and on this Mr. Fowler carries on general farming; also raises a great many hogs and cattle, and at present has on hand sixty-seven mules and eight head of horses. Mr. and Mrs. Fowler are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are much esteemed citizens. The former is Democratic in his political opinions. The improvements on his farm are worth about $7,000.

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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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