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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dade 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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J. C. Shouse, another wide-awake, thorough-going farmer and stock-raiser of Morgan Township, residing six miles northwest of Dadeville, is a native of Shelby County, Ky., born November 3, 1834. His parents, William O. and Harriet (Bryan) Shouse, were natives of Kentucky, born in 1812 and 1814, respectively. The father was of German descent, and at an early age emigrated from his native State to Jackson County, Mo., in 1837, being one of the early settlers of that county. He is now living in Kansas City, where he has made his home for twenty-five years, and where, in about 1863, he invested in city property. He is now the owner of $150,000 in that city. To this marriage were born three children, J. C. Shouse being the eldest. The latter remained in Jackson County, Mo., from 1837 to 1880, and received his education in the common country schools. In 1857 he married Miss Mary Ann Campbell, who was born in Kentucky in 1834, and who died in Jackson County, Mo., in 1874. To this union were born twelve children, all living: William; Eva, wife of John B. Clark; Nannie; Ettie, wife of John Todd; Harry, Charley, Mary, Mattie, John C., Carrie, Edward and Benjamin. In 1875 Mr. Shouse married Mrs. Niece, who was born in North Carolina in 1846, and is the daughter of Henry and Mrs. Muller, both now deceased. By his last marriage Mr. Shouse became the father of five children, all living: Mattie, John C., Carrie, Edward and Benjamin. Mr. Shouse located on his present place of residence in 1882. He has 347 acres of land, with about 200 acres under cultivation, has good buildings on the same, and is one of the county’s substantial farmers. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge at Dadeville.

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This family biography is one of 68 biographies included in The History of Dade County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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