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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry 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 B. Draper, a prosperous real estate agent and notary public of Monett, Mo., is a native of Decatur County, Ind., born in 1844. He is a son of Andrew J. and Eva (Montgomery) Draper. Andrew J. Draper was born in Virginia in 1818, and when a boy removed with his father, Thomas Draper, to Decatur County, Indiana. There he grew to manhood, married and passed the remainder of his life, dying in 1883. His wife, who was born in Ohio, died in 1878. Their children were Thomas H. (of Kansas City, Mo.), Rachel (wife of E. L. Randol, of Iowa), Hugh (of Washington County, Iowa), Mattie (wife of J. S. Christie, of Decatur County, Ind.), George B., Angeline (deceased), Lou (wife of Leonidas Kramer, of Iowa), Lizzie (wife of S. B. Edward, of Decatur County, Ind.) and Lambert (of Kansas City). George B. was reared on a farm, and educated in the common schools of his native State, remaining with his parents until he was twenty-two years of age. On January 22, 1866, he was united in marriage with Florence E. Hamilton, who was born in Johnson County, Ind., in 1866, and to them have been born three children: Lambertine, Ollie G. and Walter H. Mr. Draper resided in his native county until 1880, when he removed to Barton County, Mo. After farming in the latter county one year, he removed to Barry County, locating at Exeter, and settling in Plymouth, now Monett, in 1882. For the past eighteen months he has been engaged in the real estate business, and on December 20, 1886, was appointed notary public. In May, 1887, he formed a partnership with J. L. Downing, and the firm is doing a successful business. Politically, Mr. Draper endorses and supports the principles of the Republican party. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. His wife is a devoted member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 103 biographies included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Barry County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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