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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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Dr. G. W. Tremain, physician, Aurora Springs. To fail to include in the biographical department of the present volume a sketch of the life of Dr. Tremain would be to omit a history of one of the most worthy men who ever made his home in Aurora Springs. Dr. Tremain was born in Williams County, Ohio, in April, 1845, and is the third of eight children born to Samuel J. and Mary Elizabeth (Wilson) Tremain. Samuel J. Tremain emigrated from England with his father at an early date, remained in New York City until his majority, and there married Miss Wilson. He then moved to Ohio, studied medicine and for a long time was a practitioner, dying in 1864. Mrs. Tremain was a daughter of David Wilson, who was a native of New York, but of Scotch ancestry. Dr. Tremain assisted his father in the arduous duties of the farm, attended the public schools until twelve years of age, when his father sold out, and with his family traveled through Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, but finally returned to Illinois and settled in Adams County. The father practiced medicine until the death of his wife, and then began practicing as a specialist in the treatment of diseases of the eye and ear. He died from cholera at Cape Girardeau. In 1864, while attending school at Ft. Madison, Iowa, Dr. Tremain, subject of this sketch, concluded to enlist in the United States Army, did so, and was enrolled in Company E, Forty-fifth Regiment Iowa Infantry, to serve for one hundred days. He was attached to A. J. Smith’s brigade at Helena, Ark., and participated in the battles of Land Hill and Holly Springs. He was then ordered back to Memphis, where, in September, the entire regiment was overwhelmed by the Confederate Gen. Forrest in his raid through that town. Dr. Tremain was mustered out at Keokuk, Iowa, and his discharge is dated September 16, 1864. He then returned to Quincy, Ill., entered the Eye and Ear Infirmary and commenced the study of the eye and ear, also cancer diseases. Later he moved to Calhoun County, Ill., and then entered into partnership with R. G. Andrews for one year. He married Miss Sarah E. Aderton, of that county, and they afterward moved to Gilead, where the Doctor continued the practice of his profession. December 18, 1869, he removed to Miller County, Mo., purchased 160 acres of land, which, in connection with his practice, he proceeded to improve. After a residence there of sixteen years he purchased his present residence in Aurora Springs (1885). He has been a large land-owner, having at one time over 700 acres, and is one of the prominent men of the county. He is conservative in politics; and is a member of the school board, being president of that body at the present time. He is a member of the K. of L., also a member of the G. A. R., Samuel McClure Post No. 145, and was commander of that post during 1888. Dr. and Mrs. Tremain have had nine children: Annie E. (wife of Thomas Russell), Marcus L., George W., Sarah E., Lyman (deceased), Mary Ellen, Matilda Aurora, Maud and Sophia Eleanor.

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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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