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Below is a family biography included in The History of Hickory 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. J. W. Mowell is a successful practicing physician of Cross Timbers, Mo., and is a native of Indiana County, Penn., born in 1861. His father, George W. Mowell, was born in 1835, also in Indiana County, Penn., and was there reared to manhood and married, his wife’s maiden name being Elizabeth B. Smith. He was by trade a blacksmith, but has followed the occupation of farming the greater portion of his life, and is now residing in Benton County, Mo., whither he came in 1866. Here it was that Dr. J. W. Mowell received his common school education, which he supplemented by a course in the Warrensburg State Normal School. Later he taught five terms of school; was married in 1882, and soon moved to St. Louis. He began pursuing his medical studies while a resident of St. Louis, and was graduated from the Missouri Medical College in that city, in March, 1888. He then came to Cross Timbers, and began practicing with his brother-in-law, which he has continued successfully up to the present time, now being a member of the Hickory County Regular Medical Society. His wife was formerly Miss Katie Feaster, who was born in Benton County, Mo., and by her he has two little children: Shelley E. and Artie R.

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This family biography is one of 53 biographies included in The History of Hickory County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Hickory County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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