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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair 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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D. F. McClay, one of Brashear’s most substantial citizens, was born in Woodstock, Vt., in 1824, and is a grandson of William McClay, who was born in the parish of Tleppen, county of Sterling, Scotland, in 1743, and who, when about twenty-seven years old, immigrated to America, settling at Charleston, N. H. Here he married Mary Farnsworth, and located at Woodstock, Vt., about 1780. From a copy of a Woodstock paper published after his death, we learn that he was a good, honest, old-fashioned Scotchman, and a thrifty farmer, kept fine stocks, raised good crops, and accumulated considerable land and money. He died September 22, 1829. His family consisted of three sons and five daughters. One of the latter married a Scotchman named John Fisher, who was a schoolmate of Robert Burns. Stephen, the father of our immediate subject, a prosperous farmer, of sterling integrity and strict morality, was born at Woodstock in 1784, married Margaret Hill, and died at the above mentioned place in 1838, his widow following him some years later. D. F. McClay was the third son, having three brothers and five sisters, all of whom lived to maturity. Until of age he spent his life at the place of his birth, and then immigrated to DuPage County, Ill., where he remained about three years, then moved to Will County, Ill., and while there was united in marriage to J. M. Rowe. He spent a portion of the year of 1853 in California, and in 1856 located near the present site of Brashear, Adair County, Mo., where he devoted his time to farming until 1883, when he moved to the village, and has since been engaged in looking after his investments in land, as he owns nearly 2,000 acres. His wife is a native of Vermont, and they have two sons and one daughter.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair 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: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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