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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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 W. Bowen, Section 6, Franklin Township, Mo., was born in Ross County, Ohio, June 30, 1836, but was reared in Kosciusko County, Ind., where he learned the mason’s trade. His parents, Hezekiah and Jane (Hanewalt) Bowen, were natives of Ohio and Ireland, respectively, and the Bowen family were originally from Maryland. In 1868 our subject sold out and moved to Livingston County, Mo., where he remained until 1883, at which date he came to Franklin Township, Newton Co., Mo., and has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits. He is the owner of ninety-eight acres of good land, and is doing well. While living in Indiana he met and led to the altar Miss Catherine Shoe, a native of Carroll County, Ohio, of German parentage, and daughter of Jacob and Mary (Oswald) Shoe. Two sons and six daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bowen, as follows: Louisa, Lenora (wife of Spencer G. Bell, of Kansas City), Mary E. (wife of Edward Gephart, of Kansas City), Edward E., Alice, Hester A., John and Eva. Mr. Bowen was an Odd Fellow, has been a member of the school board of his district, and he and family worship at the Brethren Dunkard Church.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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