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Below is a family biography included in The History of Moniteau 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 W. Cofer is a son of Joseph H. and Lucinda (Sammons) Cofer, and was born in Stokes County, N. C., in 1843. Joseph H. Cofer was born in North Carolina December 12, 1806, where he was reared on a farm, was married, and in 1844 immigrated to Missouri overland, where he located in Moniteau County, remaining about three years; the family then returned to North Carolina, and one year later again went to Moniteau County, Mo. Several years after this they went by water to Galveston, Texas, where they remained only about six months, and went back to Moniteau County, Mo., overland, where they have since lived. While in North Carolina Joseph H. Cofer was mustered as a soldier, and stood in readiness for duty several years. He is now an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of which he has been a member for many years. He is a Democrat in politics. Eight children were born to the parents of our subject, viz.: James H., John F. (deceased), Calista D., wife of Francis Roy; Louisa S., wife of D. Hilderbrand; Lousa J., wife of J. Hilderbrand; Nancy T., wife of Francis Fischer; William M. and George W. The mother of this family was born in 1814. George W. Cofer was reared on a farm and received but limited educational advantages. At the age of twenty-one he commenced farming for himself in Linn Township, and has been very successful. He owns a good farm near Jamestown, which is well under cultivation, and upon which he has erected good buildings. December 13, 1867, he married Susan A. Martin, who was born in Johnson County, Mo., and is a daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah Martin. Eleven children have been born to this union, viz.: Robert Lee, Mary Belle, wife of B. Dearing; Joseph N., Lilly F., infant (deceased), James W., Cora J., George Elbert, John Cleveland, Roy M. and Warren M. Mr. and Mrs. Cofer are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Mr. Cofer is interested in giving his children a good schooling.

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This family biography is one of 187 biographies included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Moniteau County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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