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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries 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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Lewis Eads, a farmer of Dry Creek Township, Maries County, is a native of Osage County, Mo., and was born in 1827. He is a son of Benjamin and Polly (Hugh) Eads, who were early settlers of Osage County, Mo., where they lived until our subject was a young man, and then removed to what is now Maries County, settling on Big Maries Creek. Benjamin Eads improved a good farm in Maries County, where he died in 1880 at the age of seventy-four years. The mother of our subject died soon after their location in Maries County. Lewis Eads had few educational advantages, and has devoted his life to the pursuit of agriculture, removing to Maries County with his parents. About 1850 he married Jane, daughter of William and Serena E. Simpson, early settlers of Maries County, where the father died. Mrs. Eads was a native of Missouri. She died April 24, 1882, while returning home from Texas, whither she had gone to improve her health; she was buried on the old farm near Vienna. Of the eleven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Eads, seven are now living, viz.: Serena E., wife of James Nelson; William S.; Mary Frances, who married Hiram Hughs; Moses N., Benjamin F., Lydia, now Mrs. Irvin Tackett, and Malinda, wife of John Briggs—all living in Maries County. Mr. Eads lived near Vienna until 1884, when he purchased his present farm in Dry Creek Township, which contains 160 acres, about 100 of which are under cultivation. During the late war he served a short time in the Missouri State Militia. He is a Democrat politically, and in religion is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of which church his wife was also a member.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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