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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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George R. Shields was born in Blount County, Tenn., May 3, 1833, and is a son of Robert Shields, a native of Pennsylvania, who brought his family to McDonald County, Mo., from East Tennessee in 1846, and settled on the farm which George R. Shields now occupies. Here the latter was reared and educated. Although he attended the best schools of the neighborhood, his educational advantages were very meager. He early engaged in farming, which has been his life vocation. During the Civil War he served in the Confederate army three years as a member of Company H, Seventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the battles of Prairie Grove and Helena. At the battle of Helena he was wounded, after which he was taken prisoner. His marriage with Anna M. Testerman, a daughter of Jacob Testerman (deceased), was celebrated in February, 1856, and to them have been born nine children, of whom seven are living. They are John W., Cynthia A., Robert J., Elizabeth, Lydia J., Sarah L. and George R. Mr. Shields is the owner of 235 acres of land. He devotes his whole attention to farming and stock-raising, and has never sought official honors.

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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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