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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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George R. Weeks, of Miller County, Mo., was born in what is now Lake County, Ohio, in September, 1838, being the second of three children, Caroline F., George R. and John W. Weeks, born to the marriage of George R. and Mary (Mead) Weeks, both natives of the “Green Mountain State.” After residing for some time on a farm in Ohio after their marriage, they returned to Vermont, making the trip overland, and there spent the remainder of their days in farming, the father’s death occurring in February, 1843, at the age of thirty-three years, and the mother’s in April, 1874, in Miller County, Mo. The grandparents, Samuel and Ruth Weeks, were born in Massachusetts. The maternal grandparents, Daniel and Elisha (Perkins) Mead, were early settlers in Meredith, N. H. George R. Weeks, our subject, was reared on a farm in Vermont, and there engaged in farming for himself at the early age of fourteen years. He was married in Orleans County, in 1861, to Almira F. Joslyn, a daughter of Samuel A. and Elmina (Dole) Joslyn, the father and daughter being born in Vermont, and the mother in Massachusetts. The parents were honest tillers of the soil, and followed that occupation in Washington County, Vt., and afterward in Orleans County, Vt., but in 1867 came to Miller County, Mo., and located on a farm in Saline Township, where death overtook the father in March, 1874. His widow survives him, and now resides in Vermont. After his marriage Mr. Weeks enlisted, at Brownington, Vt., in October, 1861, in Company D, Sixth Vermont Infantry, for three years or during the war, and was mustered into service at Montpelier and assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He was in the Peninsula campaign, and was taken with fever and confined to the hospital at Yorktown a short time, and on his recovery was left without the sense of hearing. In 1862 he was badly injured from a fall, and at the time of his discharge at Washington, D. C., July 4, 1862, he was unable to walk a step. In the summer of 1862 he returned home and after partially recovering from his injuries re-engaged in farming, and has continued that occupation up to the present time. In December, 1865, he immigrated to Miller County, Mo. He first bought 400 acres of land east of Eldon, on which he lived until the spring of 1879, when he removed to his present farm of 500 acres, on which he erected a good residence and barns. He now owns 600 acres of arable land in a good state of cultivation, and in addition to farming is engaged in raising a high grade of stock, making a specialty of Short-Horn and Devonshire cattle, Poland-China hogs, Cotswold sheep and Clydesdale horses. He takes an active interest in school matters, and gives his children, Minnie E. and Eddie C. Weeks, good educational advantages. He and wife and Minnie are members of the First Congregational Church at Eldon, and socially he is a member of the I. O. O. F. at Pleasant Mount. He also belongs to the G. A. R., B. H. Porch Post No. 135, at Clean; also the Farmers’ Club and Agricultural Wheel at Eldon. Mr. Weeks is of an enterprising disposition, has one of the finest homes in the county, has it well improved, and believes that the world moves, and he intends to move with it. He was one of the prime movers in establishing the town of Eldon, laid out the town and filled the flat, and is one of the largest owners of the town. He was also active in securing the railroad in Miller County, and several other permanent improvements. He also erected a good brick mill at Eldon, has an iron warehouse on the side-track of the railroad, does his own shipping, and now controls a large part of that place. His only brother, John W. Weeks, who was the first postmaster at Eldon, and was quite extensively engaged in the lumber trade and other business, owing to failing health moved to Collins, Neb., where he now resides, engaged in farming, and is also the postmaster of that place.

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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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