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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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STANTON G. FEAGANS. This name will be readily recognized by many of our readers as that of a resident of section 13, township 47, range 24, Johnson County, where he is actively engaged in farming and stock-raising. His estate is the old homestead on which he was reared, and comprises two hundred and ten acres, well improved, and to his good taste and enterprise is due in a great measure its present condition.

Our subject was born in Smith County, Tenn., in January, 1843, and is the second in the family of Burr and Salena (Ward) Feagans. The father was born in old Virginia, and when a boy the removal of the family to Tennessee took place. He remained there for many years, and after his marriage came to Missouri, some time in the ‘50s, locating at once in Pettis County. There he still resides, having reached the age of seventy-two years.

Mrs. Salena Feagans was a Tennesseean by birth, and closed her eyes in death February 11, 1892. Her son, our subject, was permitted to attend school but a very short time, his services being needed on the farm, and then, too, the war breaking out about that time, the schools of the various districts were broken up, so that what knowledge of books he possesses has been gained by study and reading at home. He is a successful man of business, and the training which he received in farm work has proven of great assistance to him since left in charge of the home place.

Stanton G. Feagans and Miss Retta Hocker were married February 18, 1866. The lady was the daughter of Larkin and Eliza Hocker, influential residents of Johnson County, which section of the state they still make their home. Their daughter was here born in 1845, and obtained her education by attending the schools near her home.

Of the six children born to our subject and wife, two are deceased. Those living are Alvin, Charles, John and Earkin, at home with their parents, whom they greatly assist in the management of their estate. The parents and sons are members in excellent standing of the Christian Church. In politics Mr. Feagans is a Democrat at all times, and under all circumstances. He has been called upon to serve his fellow-citizens in various capacities, but with the exception of his twenty years’ service on the School Board has always refused. This worthy couple have secured for themselves a handsome competence by years of unremitting labor, and are now surrounding their family more and more with the comforts of life. Their estimable character and useful lives have gained the respect of their acquaintances and the deeper regard of those who know them best.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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