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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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Samuel M. Wenger, of the firm of Wenger & Carlin, proprietors of the Lincoln Flouring Mills, was born in Rockingham County, Va., October 20, 1839, and is a son of John Wenger, who is also a native of Virginia. The latter was married there to Anna Burkholder, and afterward moved to Indiana, about 1851, and spent two years in Elkhart County. They next took up their abode in Grundy County, Ill., where they made a farm, reared their family and resided until their respective deaths. Samuel M. Wenger grew to manhood in Illinois, and remained with his father until the latter’s death, his time being employed in farming and running a threshing machine. In October, 1872, he was married in Greene County, Mo., to Emma P. Hunter, who was born in Missouri, and was reared and educated in Morgan County, and from that time until 1875 was engaged in tilling the soil. At the latter date his wife died, and he then went to Missouri and located in Stoddard County, and at the end of two years took up his abode in Morgan County, and spent the summer of 1879 in Pettis County. In the fall of the same year he came to Lincoln and purchased the flouring mill, with which he is now connected. The mill was then quite old and Mr. Wenger caused it to be rebuilt and put in new and improved machinery, the mill being now one of the best in Benton County. In the spring of 1884 he took two of his brothers in as partners, but in the fall of 1888 they sold their interest to Mr. Carlin, and he and Mr. Wenger are now equal partners. Mr. Wenger married, in Morgan County, Miss Mary E. Gabirel, a native of Morgan County, who has since died at Lincoln. About 1882 he married, in Benton County, his present wife, Mary Ann Orr, a native of Ohio, and by her has two children, Agnes A. and Henry H. Mr. Wenger is a member of the I. O. O. F., and is the treasurer of his lodge.

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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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