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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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Daniel Sherer is a native of Newton County, Mo., born immediately adjoining where Seneca now stands, May 29, 1838, and is the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Buzzard) Sherer. The father was born and reared in Holmes County, Ohio, and was there married to Miss Elizabeth Buzzard, a native of Pennsylvania, but reared in Holmes County, Ohio. In the winter of 1832-33 Edward Sherer and his wife left their native State, and came, by way of the Ohio, Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers, to Van Buren County, in the State of Arkansas, where they remained one year, engaged in farming. They here lost a little child. In the following spring they moved to Newton County, Mo., settled near the present site of Seneca, and here the father entered 500 or 600 acres of land, and there passed the remainder of his days, dying in 1851 or 1852, a Democrat in politics. His widow is now a resident of Seneca. They reared eight children, Daniel being the second child. Our subject was reared in Seneca Township, and has always made it his home. He moved to his present place in 1872, and there has 240 acres of land, with about 150 under cultivation. September 28, 1858, he married Miss Martha Spaulding, a native of Newton County, and a daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Spudgett) Spaulding, both early pioneers, and both deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Sherer were born ten children: Daniel Richard (who resides in Wyoming Territory), Mary G. (wife of William Cany, and now living in Seneca), John Edward, Martha Evaline, Henry Osborn, Charles Dean, Hiram Leo, Joseph D., Gus. Leroy and Fred Normer. Mr. Sherer is a Republican in his political views; is at present road overseer, and has been for eight or ten years. Was the Republican candidate for sheriff in 1886. During the late war Mr. Sherer enlisted in the United States Army in September, 1862, and was assigned to Company K, Second Kansas Cavalry, being on detached duty for three or four months during his time of service. The remainder of the time he was with his command, and was in many engagements, viz.: Newtonia (first one), Fort Wayne, Cabin Creek, Fort Smith, Poison Springs, Camden, Saline River, Mine Creek, and was besides in a great number of skirmishes. He received one wound, being struck on the knee by a minie ball. In the latter part of September, 1865, he was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Mr. Sherer is a member of the Masonic fraternity of Seneca, and a good citizen. He has a fine farm, which is supplied with water from a never-failing spring south of his house, and the water is conveyed through 1190 feet of pipe, which was put in in 1882.

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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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