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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski 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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Dr. G. W. Stevenson, a prosperous physician, residing about twelve miles south of Waynesville, Mo., was born in Kentucky in 1818, and is the second of six children born to the marriage of Zadock Stevenson and Alsie Appleton. The former was born in France in 1752, and during the colonists’ struggle for liberty came to America with Marquis de La Fayette, and was an active participant in the Revolutionary War. He also served in the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War, and died in 1859, at the age of one hundred and seven years. He was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was the father of thirteen children, seven of whom were born to a former marriage. His wife, Alsie, was born about 1790, and died in Mississippi about 1860. At the age of seven years Dr. G. W. Stevenson was sent to France by his parents to receive his education, and at the age of thirteen returned home, and after a time entered the medical colleges of Cincinnati, Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., and completed his medical education in Kentucky, at the age of thirty. He practiced his profession ten years in Indiana, three years in Illinois, and then came to Missouri, where he is yet actively engaged in practicing. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army, serving as orderly-sergeant under Gen. Price until he received his discharge in August, 1865. He received five wounds, but none of them were very serious. He has always been a Democrat in politics, and while residing in Illinois served as judge of his county for eighteen months. He was elected sheriff of Lawrence County, Ark., in 1850, and has been urged many times by his friends to run for office. In 1854 he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy M. Garrison, who died in March, 1871, having become the mother of three children. In 1874 he married his second wife, the widow of Pleasant Solomon. She was born in Tennessee in 1836. Dr. Stevenson’s children are as follows: Emily, widow of John Ousley; Mary (deceased) and George. The Doctor is a Mason, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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