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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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George W. Warren was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, October 11, 1828, and is a son of Levi and Mary (Dacon) Warren, natives of Ohio and New York, respectively. They moved to Illinois in 1833 and settled in McDonough County, where the father entered land and improved a farm near McComb. After a number of years the family moved to Mercer County, and from there, in l879, to Keokuk, where the father died the same year. G. W. Warren arrived at maturity in McDonough County, Ill., upon the farm, and was married in that county September 9, 1856, to Mary Jane Yard, daughter of John and Frances Yard, of McDonough County, formerly of England. Mrs. Warren was born on the Mississippi River while her parents were on the trip west. After his marriage Mr. Warren farmed in McDonough County until he came to Missouri, in May, 1886. He then bought 220 acres of land where he now resides, to which he has added, and he is now the owner of 280 acres, 200 well cultivated and improved. He lives in a good one-and-a-half story house, and has a nice orchard of 300 trees. There are eight children in his family: Ida A., Amy E., Byron, Effie, Job, Olive C., Mary Theodosia and Nora L. One child, Fannie E., died in early childhood. Mr. and Mrs. Warren and his family, with the exception of the youngest child are members of the Christian Church. In 1852 Mr. Warren made a trip to California. There were 200 men in the company, and sixty teams, of which Mr. Warren was made captain, and W. E. Packet, of St. Louis, first captain. The trip was made overland, the company starting in April, 1852, and landing in Portland, Ore., six months later. California was reached in the spring of 1853. The second night after they left Council Bluffs they were attacked by a tribe of Pawnee Indians and succeeded in killing the chief, his son and sixty others. But two of their men were wounded. They were afterward attacked twice by different bands, but escaped both times without the loss of a man. Mr. Warren remained in Rogue River Valley, Cal., engaged in mining, freighting and fighting the Indians until 1858, returning home via Aspinwall, Panama and New York. He reached home July 3, 1856.

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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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