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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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Noah S. West was born in Putnam County, December 13, 1842, and is a son of Samuel and Susan (Oldake) West, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. The family moved to Missouri about 1839, where the father entered and improved land in Elm Township, Putnam County, where he has since resided, and where he ranks among the prominent citizens, and has held several offices of trust and honor. There was a family of three sons and four daughters who grew to maturity, and of these, three sons and two daughters are living. Noah S. is the fourth child, and spent his childhood and youth in Putnam County. July 27, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Eighteenth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, as private, and was discharged a private July 18, 1865. He was one of the besiegers of Atlanta, and present at all of the engagements participated in by Sherman’s men upon their march to the sea. He was in the grand review at Washington. After his discharge he returned to farm life in Putnam County, and was here married in the spring of 1867, to Mary Frances, daughter of Joseph Worthington, a native of Putnam County, whose father came from Kentucky. After his marriage Mr. West farmed in Elm Township until 1879, and then sold goods in Graysville for one and one-half years, after which he farmed until March, 1886. He then rented his farm, and engaged in the mercantile business upon his present location, where he carries a general stock of merchandise, and is doing well. He is a member of the G. A. R., and, as a Republican, has served as justice of the peace of Elm Township, and postmaster of Graysville during his residence there. His farm is located in Elm Township, and contains 160 acres, 120 being fenced, and 110 in meadow and plow land. The house is a one-and-a-half story frame, and is surrounded by an orchard of 100 apple trees and good outbuildings. Mrs. West died in the fall of 1882, and Mr. West afterward married Temperance Durbin, who is a worthy member of the United Brethren Church. The following are the children of Mr. West: Alvira, a county teacher, Essie I., Edward B., Zephyr M., Artie S., who died in March, 1887, aged nineteen, and one infant who died in the fall of 1872.

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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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