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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 W. Edens was born in 1818, in Patrick County, Va., and is the son of David and Elizabeth (Harris) Edens, both native Virginians. David Edens was drafted into the War of 1812, and proceeded to Norfolk, Va., to enter the service, but peace was declared, and he was mustered out before he did any fighting. He was a farmer and hatter by occupation, and died in 1852. By his first marriage he was the father of two children, Alia and James. By his marriage with Elizabeth Harris he was the father of seven children, six of whom lived to be grown. They are Jesse, who died and was buried in Ashley, Ill.; Lydia, who married John Harris, and lives near the line between West Virginia and Tennessee; Andrew Jackson, a farmer, who resides in Lee County, W. Va.; Henry Harrison, who was killed by a train, and was buried in Ashley, Ill.; George W.; William Green, who was killed in Owsley County, Ky., in 1881, by one Collins, and Claiborn, a farmer living on the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. George W. was reared in his native State, and about 1840 married Lethe Jane George. He left Virginia in 1852, and removed to Andrew County, Mo., but in the autumn of the next year migrated to Perry County, Ill., where he remained until 1875, when he came to Barry County, Mo. Mr. Edens is a Democrat of the “old school,” having cast his first vote for Van Buren. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. His wife is the daughter of James and Delilah George, who were natives of Virginia. She was born on December 21, 1824, and is a consistent member of the Baptist Church, as is also her husband. They have had five children (four of whom are living): Ellis H. (deceased), James Jefferson (who was a soldier in the Union army, and now lives in Barry County), Celia (Mrs. Joseph Hutts), Delilah Jane (Mrs. John Reidelbarger), and Eliza Elizabeth (Mrs. William Bridges). Mr. Edens had 160 acres of beautiful bottom land, which he has brought to a fine state of cultivation.

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