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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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W. W. Chastain, a native of Benton County, Mo., was born on what is known as the Chastain Nursery Farm, located five miles northwest of Lincoln, February 23, 1856, and is the son of J. E. Chastain, who moved from Kentucky to Benton County, Mo., in 1849. In 1855 he settled on the place known as the Chastain Nursery Farm. Mr. Chastain is still a resident of the neighborhood, and is the owner of a fine farm of 240 acres. He was postmaster of Cloverdale during the war, and has been elected to the office of justice of the peace for several consecutive terms. His son, W. W. Chastain, is the owner of what is known as the Cloverdale Stock Farm, consisting of 240 acres of the richest prairie land in the county. He makes a specialty of thoroughbred registered Poland-China hogs, having bred to Hugh’s Perfection, No. 3,281; also to Festus, which was in sweepstakes litter, and was a premium boar pig; this was first in his class in 1884, and his register is 2,017. In his stock cattle Mr. Chastain has some very fine animals, having in his herd ten head that are registered and eligible to registry. He also raises a fine grade of Plymouth Rock chickens. He was married to Miss Mary Belle Gallaher, daughter of Judge George Gallaher, of Benton County, who was captain of the Home Militia during the war. To Mr. and Mrs. Chastain were born two children, both sons: A. Robin and A. Ross. Mr. Chastain is now identified with the Prohibition movement.

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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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