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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas 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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George Delaplain, sheriff of Dallas County, was born in Licking County, Ohio, September 15, 1835, and is a son of John and Orpha (Overturf) Delaplain, the former being an early settler of Ohio. He immigrated to Polk County, Mo., in 1849, but in 1852 came to Dallas County and located in Benton Township, where he lived until his death in 1871. His wife died in 1859, having borne a family of nine children, five of whom are yet living. George Delaplain resided in his native State until fourteen years of age, and continued to make his home with his parents until 1855, when he was married and began doing for himself. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the Eighth Missouri Cavalry, Company I, serving three years, and was in a number of skirmishes, but was in no regular engagement, as he was on scouting duty the most of the time. He also served as blacksmith of his company, and after receiving his discharge on the 2d of August, 1865, went to Illinois, whither his family had moved for protection. He remained there about one year, then moved back to Dallas County, where he has since been engaged in farming, and is the owner of ninety acres of land in Benton Township, the most of which is under cultivation. He was elected to the office of county sheriff in 1882, and was re-elected in 1886 and in 1888, and in his official capacity, as well as socially, he stands high in the estimation of the people. He was first married to Isabel Patterson, of Ohio, by whom he became the father of five children, four of whom are living: Elvira, Orpha, Eva and Adam. His second marriage was to Miss Mary J. Cowden, who bore him one child, Charles, and his next marriage was to Miss Adaline Johnson. His present wife was Mary Battoms, who was born in Tennessee. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. and G. A. R., and he and wife belong to the Baptist Church.

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