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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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William G. Davis, of Webster County, Mo., is a son of Charles and Ruth (Gearhart) Davis, who were born, reared and married in Tennessee, and about 1841 located in Missouri, settling near where their son, William G., now resides. The father died in September, 1878, having served several terms as justice and assessor of his township. William G. was born in Jackson County, Tenn., August 24, 1832, and until attaining his majority made his home with his parents. In 1861 he enlisted in the Home Guards for three months, and at the expiration of that time enlisted in Company E, Forty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, United States Army, and served until he received his discharge at the close of the war. He was at Fort Donelson, Pittsburgh Landing, Little Rock, and participated in several fights and skirmishes of less note. He was wounded in the arm by a gunshot at Pleasant Hill, La., and was in the hospital for about two months, and after receiving his discharge, January 9, 1865, he returned to Webster County and engaged in tilling the soil, and by industry and good management has become the owner of 210 acres of land, eighty-five of which are under cultivation, furnished with good buildings and an orchard of 100 select trees. November 5, 1868, he was wedded to Miss Nancy Caroline Powell, who was born in Giles County, Tenn., and is a daughter of Elias Powell, now deceased, and by her became the father of the following children: Charles B., Amanda J. and James Edmond. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are members of the Christian Church, in which he is an elder, and he belongs to the Agricultural Wheel, and in his political views is a stanch supporter of the principles of the Republican party.

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