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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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Hon. George C. Loomis, a successful agriculturist, was born in Tompkins County, N. Y., in 1851, and is the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Weed) Loomis, natives of Andover, Mass., and Fairfield, Conn., respectively, and both of English descent. Ancestors on both sides were in the Revolutionary War, also the War of 1812, and the father lost two brothers in the Federal service during the late war. The mother lost her only brother in the same. When young they went to New York where they were married, and where the mother died in the prime of womanhood. The father afterward married Mrs. Amelia Ditmars. In 1861 they came to Washington County, where they still live, he being seventy-seven years old. He was a shoemaker by trade, although, for about thirty years, he taught vocal music. He was formerly a Whig but is now a Democrat; he is a member of the Episcopal Church and the mother of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Of the seven children born to his first marriage, all died in infancy except one, George C. He was educated in the common schools, and his first work for himself was as a lead miner. He soon became superintendent of the Palmer Lead Company, but abandoned this and taught school for ten years with excellent success, after which he turned his attention to farming. In 1879 he married Miss Emma Love, a native of Iron County. The following three children were born to this union: Otis L., Bert W. and George C. Mrs. Loomis is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1880 Mr. Loomis was elected by the Democracy of Washington County to represent them in the State Legislature. He was the author of the amendment making notes, bonds, etc., taxable in the county where the possessor is situated. After marriage Mr. Loomis settled on his present fine farm and has become thoroughly identified with the interests of the county. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and it is hardly necessary to add that he is a Democrat in politics.

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