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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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J. F. Savage is the fourth of seven children born to the marriage of John Savage and Jane Shepherd, and was born in Meigs County, Ohio, in 1830. The father was born in Maine, and when a young man moved to Ohio, where he was married to Miss Shepherd, a native of Kentucky, and afterward engaged in farming. In 1833 he moved to St. Joseph County, Ind., where he entered a timber claim, but was soon after taken sick and lost his power of speech. In 1835 he returned to Ohio, and located in Jackson County, and after some time took up his abode in Meigs County, and died in Pomeroy in 1865. He kindled the first fire in the salt works of that county. His wife died at Sedalia, Mo., in 1873. J. F. Savage, whose name heads this sketch, was educated in the primitive schools of Jackson County, Ohio, and in November, 1851, was married to Mary Elizabeth Neighborgall, a native of Meigs County, Ohio, and daughter of George and Julia Ann (Schowens) Neighborgall, who were born in Virginia, and moved to Ohio at an early day, and were engaged in farming until their respective deaths, January 16, 1869, and August 30, 1851. Grandfather Savage was a Revolutionary soldier, and Grandfather Schowens served in the War of 1812. J. F. Savage came west in the spring of 1860, and until 1866 was engaged in farming 100 acres of land, which he had purchased in Miller County. He now owns 185 acres of excellent land, and has improved his land by erecting a good residence and out-buildings. He deals quite extensively in stock, and raises an excellent grade of Short-Horn cattle. He is a Republican in politics, and during the war was a member of the Enrolled Militia, and was on garrison duty at Jefferson City, Lexington and Sedalia, guarding the public property. He has assisted in organizing the school districts of the township, and has witnessed many changes in the county since he located here. Eight of the thirteen children born to himself and wife are living: Sefronia (Mrs. Porter), resides in Morgan County; Floretta (Mrs. Gilson), resides in Eldon; Vesta (Mrs. N. J. Henderson), resides in Aurora Springs; Erastus, resides at Leadville, Colo.; Dora (Mrs. McDole), resides in Morgan County; Viola, Bennett and Amos are living. Marvin died in infancy; Harvey died in 1854, aged three years; an infant died February 9, 1868; James died in 1864, aged two years, and Frank died in 1869, aged two months. Two of Mr. Savage’s brothers, Daniel and Asel, came from Ohio to Miller County, Mo., in 1859. The former married here, and now resides in Texas County. Asel remained single, and in 1862 enlisted at Jefferson City in Company G, but was taken sick at Helena, Ark., and there died in the spring of 1863.

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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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