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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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 BURGOON, farmer and fruit-grower, section 14, post-office Carthage, was born in Ohio, Dec. 23, 1832. When a child his parents immigrated to Iowa, and settled at Allen Grove, in Scott county. In 1852 he sold out and went to Texas, settling in Tarrant county of the Lone Star State, where our subject was married Oct. 26, 1856, to Miss Letta J. Fortener, a native of Arkansas, At the breaking out of the civil war, though not in perfect accord with the secession movement, his interests were in the South, and his wife and family were in sympathy with the movement, and Mr. Burgoon reluctantly took up arms under the Palmetto Flag, being a member of Company A, Nineteenth Texas Cavalry, known as Bufford’s Texas Rangers. He participated in many campaigns, skirmishes, and engagements of different kinds. He served under Marmaduke in the Cape Girardeau raid, many brushes in Arkansas, and in the Red River campaign, where they had skirmishes and running fights for many consecutive days. His regiment was disbanded in Texas in May, 1865. Returning to his home in Tarrant county, he disposed of the residue of his property, and with his family came to Washington county, Ark., and stayed but a few months and then returned to Texas. Remaining there one year he came to Jasper county, Mo., in 1867, and has since been a permanent resident of this county. His farm consists of sixty acres, nicely situated two and a half miles from and in full view of the City of Carthage, on high and rolling ground. He has erected a cozy substantial stone house, and made many other material improvements. His family consists of four children: Alice, wife of Hiram Phillips; Florence R., wife of J. E. Hill; Mollie and Georgia.

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