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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Dr. Albert W. Chenoweth (deceased), was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, on October 15, 1835. His father was Henry S. Chenoweth, who is now deceased. Dr. Albert W. Chenoweth was liberally educated in Circleville University, Ohio, and came with his parents to Springfield, Mo., in 1851. They resided in Springfield six years, and in Newton County one year, and came to Pineville in 1858. The subject of this sketch graduated from the Missouri Medical College, of St. Louis, in 1858, and from the St. Louis Medical College in March, 1865. He gained a thorough knowledge of his profession, which he afterward practiced so successfully. On January 17, 1861, he was united in marriage with Thursey, a daughter of Mark Harmon, now deceased. Mrs. Chenoweth died on February 9, 1880, leaving six children, namely: Dr. L. Curtis, Emma, Charles, Lillie, Albert and Stella. Dr. Chenoweth married again on January 9, 1881, choosing for his wife Laura V. Yonce, a daughter of James E. Yonce (deceased). To this union have been born two children, Wallace and Henry. The Doctor was one of the most prominent and useful citizens of Pineville, always taking a deep interest in anything that was for the public welfare. He was a devout Christian, an earnest temperance worker and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. His zeal for temperance cost him his life. A villainous saloon-keeper, whose nefarious business had been injured by the bold stand which the Doctor took against the evil and for the good of humanity, brutally murdered him on September 12, 1883. The enraged citizens, seeing that the murderer was about to escape the punishment he deserved through some technicality, organized a company which took him from the jail at Neosho and shot him. For many years the Doctor was a Mason, and stood high in that ancient order. Prior to the Civil War he was a Democrat in politics, but afterward acted with the liberal Republicans. During the war, or from 1863 to 1865, he served in the Federal army, as surgeon of the Fourteenth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. From 1866 to 1870 he served as county and circuit clerk for McDonald County. The county, recognizing his ability as a public officer, elected him to the Thirtieth General Assembly of Missouri in 1878, which position he filled in the most satisfactory manner. Dr. Chenoweth has edited and published several different papers in the county.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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