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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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Daniel E. Cates, a prominent merchant of Webster County, Mo., was born in Bedford County, Tenn., October 2, 1835, and is a son of John S. and Elizabeth (Hime) Cates. The father was a son of Thomas Cates, and was born in Tennessee, on the way from North Carolina to Tennessee, his birth occurring on the 12th of January, 1808, and his death June 1, 1880. His wife was born in Bedford County, Va., December 25, 1809. She is yet hale and hearty, and is living in Bedford County, Tenn. Both parents were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years, and the father was a Mason (joined 1847) and a member of the I. O. O. F. (1846). He was a stone mason and a farmer by occupation, and was very skillful at both callings. The Cates family are of English descent, and the grandfather, Thomas, was born in North Carolina, and died in Bedford County, Tenn., when the subject of this sketch was a young boy. There were eleven children born to the marriage of John S. Cates and Elizabeth Hime, the following of whom are living: Mary E., widow of Pascal Brown; John B.; Martha J., widow of J. M. Rives; Daniel E., Joseph H.; Finetti F., wife of J. M. Thomas; Locadia R., wife of J. B. Dwyer; Justinna E., wife of D. H. Dwyer, and Caldonia C, wife of John F. Dwyer. Those deceased are James P. and Giles P. Daniel E. Cates was in his twenty-fourth year when he married Miss Sarah L. Evans, a daughter of A. H. and Ellen C. (Holt) Evans, who were born in Tennessee April 6, 1818, and August 27, 1814, and died in their native State July 1, 1880, and June 26, 1868, respectively. Mrs. Cates was born in Bedford County, Tenn., November 3, 1840, and is the mother of three children: Zarilda F., born January 23, 1860, the wife of J. W. Whitehurst, a merchant of Republic, Mo.; J. H., who was born March 9, 1868, and is engaged in the mercantile business with his father, and Giles G., who was born January 12, 1876, and resides at home. After his marriage Mr. Cates first turned his attention to farming, which he continued to follow until coming to Missouri, in the fall of 1883, since which time he has been engaged in the mercantile business in Niangua, where he has acquired a large and lucrative trade. He was engaged in merchandising during the war, and although he had his goods taken from him twice, he has accumulated considerable of this world’s property. He is a Republican in politics, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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