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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede 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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B. H. Cowgill, editor of the Sentinel at Lebanon, Mo., and son of Elisha Y. and Joannah (Bland) Cowgill, was born in Clark County, Mo., April 21, 1854. The parents were natives of Kentucky, and immigrated to Clark County, Mo., about 1832, being among the first settlers of that county. They remained there until 1864, when they removed to Lewis County of that State, locating at Canton, where both died. They were the parents of four children: B. H., Emma, (wife of Frank C. Devilbliss), Anna (wife of Fred J. Budreau), and George I., who resides in Lewis County, near Canton. The paternal grandfather of these children was a soldier in the War of 1812. H. B. Cowgill attained his growth in Lewis County, Mo., receiving the principal part of his education there at Christian University, and later attended the Christian Brothers College at St. Louis, leaving when in the sophomore class to go to Pike County, Mo., where he was appointed to a position as deputy collector, which position he held for six years. In 1875 he founded the Pike County Express, now the Bowling Green Times, which he continued to publish until July, 1880, when he sold out to Adjt. Gen. J. C. Jamison. In 1881 Mr. Cowgill removed to Lebanon, Mo., and purchased the Anti-Monopolist, changing the name to the Laclede County Sentinel, which he still edits. This paper is conducted independent of party, though during the recent campaign it was identified with the Labor party. It now enjoys a good circulation. Mr. Cowgill has the experience of many years as a newspaper man, and the pages of his paper are newsy and full of interest. He was married in June, 1878, to Miss Alice Sanderson, of Bowling Green, Pike County, and both he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Cowgill is also a member of Auglaize Lodge No. 192, I. O. O. F., Lebanon Encampment No. 102, I. O. O. F., Wyota Assembly No. 6457, K. of L., and in August, 1888, was elected Judge Advocate of the State Assembly of K. of L. of Missouri.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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