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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster 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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Abram Harges was born in Marion County, Tenn., in September, 1819, and is a son of Abner Harges, who was married in Tennessee to Nancy Smith, and there reared his family and spent the remainder of his days. Abram Harges remained in his native country till October 31, 1837, at which time he joined the United States service to serve in the Florida War. After having served faithfully he was honorably discharged at Baton Rouge, La., May 10, 1838, and then returned to his native country, Tennessee, and remained till 1839, when he came to Missouri. He then made three trips back to Tennessee. He married in Marion County, Tenn., September 12, 1848, Miss Louisa Mitchell, a daughter of John Mitchell, who was formerly from North Carolina, and one of the pioneers of Tennessee. After his marriage he located permanently, in 1850, in Webster County, Mo. His occupation has always been farming. He enlisted for ninety days in the Home Guards in 1861 in the behalf of the Government. The following are the children born to his marriage: John, William, Canzada (wife of William Wilson), Thomas Jefferson, Julia Ann, Catherine (wife of James Smith), Mary Mahuldia (wife of Michael Dykes) and Abraham, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Harges are members of the Free Will Baptist Church, he being a deacon in the same.

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