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Below is a family biography included in The History of Wright 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 M. Douglas, proprietor of a blacksmith and wagon repair shop at Mountain Grove, Wright County, Mo., was born in Gasconade County, of the same State, July 23, 1847, the son of W. R. and Elizabeth (Watton) Douglas. W. R. Douglas was born in Missouri in 1818, probably in St. Louis County, and was a successful tiller of the soil. He immigrated to Gasconade County, Mo., and from there to Texas County, where he died in 1882. He was a volunteer to the Mormon War. His wife, Elizabeth (Watton) Douglas, was the mother of four children, and died when the subject of this sketch was quite small. He grew to manhood in Gasconade County, Mo., and at the age of eighteen moved with his father to Texas County, where he lived until 1876. He was married in Texas County to Miss Sarah C. Shorns, who was born in Texas County, Mo., in 1855, and who, by her marriage, became the mother of these children: Elizabeth L., James A., W. E., Benjamin B., Hattie E. and Charley E. One child they lost in infancy. Mrs. Douglas died in 1884, and Mr. Douglas took for his second wife Miss Maggie A. Ferguson, who was born in Missouri in 1858. To this union were born two children, one now living, Lyle E. The other child died in infancy. Mr. Douglas learned the blacksmith’s trade in Texas County, and followed this business in that county for about two years. In 1876 he came to Wright County, where he engaged in the blacksmith and wagon repairing business. This he has followed ever since, with the exception of one year, when he bought and ran a planer. He owns his shop and residence in Mountain Grove, and is a first-class citizen. He does about $1,000 worth of business per year. He is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the Baptist Church.

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