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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam 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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F. H. Wentworth, cashier of the National Bank of Unionville, was born in Maine in 1844, and brought to Iowa by his parents, who located at Centreville. Our subject was reared and educated there, and at the age of twenty accepted a clerkship in a drug store, and in 1870 came to Unionville and formed a partnership with Dr. J. G. Hart, and continued in the drug business with him several years, afterward purchasing the business which he still owns. March 4, 1862, he enlisted in the Seventeenth Iowa Infantry, serving in the same until the close of the war. He was in the battles of Corinth, Iuka, Mission Ridge, siege of Vicksburg, etc., and was wounded at Jackson, Miss., and captured at Tilton, Ga., in October, 1864, and taken to Andersonville, where he was kept until the close of the war. In 1872 he married Abia McGowen, a native of Indiana, by whom three children, Orris, Orra and Stella, were born. Orra died September 1, 1881. The Wentworths are of English origin, being descendants of William Wentworth, who came to America prior to the Revolutionary War, and from him are descended Thomas, our subject’s grandfather, and Thomas, our subject’s father, who was born in Maine and married in Illinois, where he taught school. He afterward moved to Iowa where he still lives at Centreville. The mother, Frances Eddington, was a native of Kentucky, and died in 1854. Mr. Wentworth is one of a family of two sons and three daughters, two sons and two daughters reaching maturity. One brother, George, served through the war in the Sixth Iowa Infantry. Mr. Wentworth is a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for Gen, Grant.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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