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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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Henry O. Ryan, farmer and stock raiser, is a native of Kentucky, and was born August 2, 1824, in Clark County. His father, James, and his mother, Wealthy (Rockwell), were both born in the same county and State. The family moved from Clark to Henry County, about 1831, from there to Oldham County in about 1845, and from there to Missouri in 1858, where they located in Adair County, Pettis Township, where James Ryan improved a farm on which he resided until his death in June, 1886. There was a family of five sons and one daughter, all of whom lived to maturity, but only H. O. and one brother are now living. Henry lived upon the farm in Henry County until he became a man, and then moved with his parents to Oldham County. He was married in Trimble County, on February 7, 1854, to Miss Adeline, daughter of John Wheeler, a native of Jefferson County, and now living in Adair County. Mrs. Ryan was a native of Oldham County, where she passed her childhood. They remained a year on the farm in Oldham County after their marriage, and then, in the latter part of 1855, moved to Indiana, spending one year in Clark County. In the spring of 1857 they moved to Missouri, and settled in Adair County, in 1860, previously spending one year in Monroe County, and two in Macon. At first he only purchased a small tract of land, but later purchased land adjoining his first purchase, and now owns 220 acres of fine land in his home place, all in a good state of cultivation. He has a good house of one and a half stories, with a good barn and outbuildings, and an orchard of about 200 apple trees and a variety of small fruits. He has another eighty-acre tract, two ten-acre, and one twenty-acre tract, all well timbered. Mr. Ryan served a short time in the Missouri State Militia, and was elected second lieutenant. He was elected to the office of collector and assessor, and served two years, and is identified with the Democratic party. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan have seven children: Mary C. (wife of Edmund Burton), James M., Henry Porter, Lee W., Frank A., Zerilda J. and Asa W. Mr. Ryan and wife are Baptists.

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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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