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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller 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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Andrew Bear, of Equality Township, Miller County, Mo., was born in Hocking County, Ohio, March 31, 1840, and is the son of George and Elizabeth (Vogt) Bear, the father a native of Clark County, Ky., and the mother a native of Perry County, Ohio. They were married in the last named State. The paternal grandparents were early settlers of Kentucky, and were there during the Indian troubles. A sister to Grandfather Vogt was murdered by the Indians in Pennsylvania. George and Elizabeth (Vogt) Bear came to Missouri in 1857, and here passed the remainder of their lives. Their son Andrew Bear was reared and educated in Hocking County, Ohio, and came to Miller County with his parents, with whom he remained until the war broke out. He then enlisted in the Home Guards, under Capt. Jacob Capps, and served about four months. He then re-enlisted in Company I, Fourth Missouri Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, and served in this regiment a little over three years. He was engaged in Big Blue battle, Mine Creek, Independence and numerous other skirmishes. He was mustered out at St. Louis in 1865, came home and was engaged in farming at different places until 1876, when he bought his present property, which consists of about 165 acres, with sixty-three under cultivation. Mr. Bear was married, in 1874, to Miss Cynthia A., daughter of William and Hester E. Loveall. This union resulted in the birth of four children, two living: George W. and Hester. Mr. Bear is a member of the Baptist Church and one of the enterprising citizens of the county. He deals quite extensively in cattle and hogs, to which his farm is well adapted. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the Grand Lodge of the State; he is also a member of the Agricultural Wheel and G. A. R.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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