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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Charles L. Gough, merchant and postmaster of Rock Spring, Mo., was born in Ohio, October 15, 1825. He is a son of William and Margaret (Golden) Gough, who were both natives of Virginia. William Gough, who was a farmer by occupation, removed to St. Charles County, Mo., in 1838, where he lived until his death, which occurred in 1839. His widow survived him until 1852. Charles L. lived in St. Charles County until 1853,when he removed to Washington County. His early life was spent on a farm and he also learned the shoemaker’s trade, which he followed for thirty years, in connection with the cultivation of a small farm; he now owns 240 acres of land. In 1855 he commenced selling goods, but the crash of 1857 so demoralized trade that he sold out; he opened his present store in 1885, and is doing a safe and satisfactory business. He has held the position of postmaster at Rock Spring for the past twelve years, the duties of which office he performs to the entire satisfaction of all. Mr. Gough has been twice married; first, in October, 1845, to Miss Louisa Bryant, of St. Charles County, who died in 1852 leaving one son, James W. In December, 1853, Mr. Gough married Miss Martha Yarbrough, a native of Washington County. To the latter union have been born ten children, viz.: Milton, Vincent, Ellen (wife of John Baker), John, Henry C., Charles, Mahala, Catherine, Louisa Alice and Martha Ann.

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