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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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James W. McGraw (deceased) was born in Pennsylvania, June 24, 1838. His parents, Abraham and Susan McGraw, moved to Scioto County, Ohio. Our subject came to Missouri about 1865, and located in Macon County. Two years later he came to his family’s present farm in Adair County. He served in the war over four years. He enlisted first in the three months’ service, and afterward as a veteran. He was corporal, and subsequently sergeant in the Thirty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was with Sherman on his famous march, and in thirty-three prominent engagements, and served his country honorably and with fidelity. After the close of the war he came to Missouri as before mentioned. July 14, 1867, he married Mrs. Frances Hammer, daughter of Reason and Hannah Ricketts, and a native of Fairfield County, Ohio. She has been a teacher of considerable experience both in Missouri and Indiana. The children are Auria B., Alice B. and Cora F. Since her husband’s death the widow has been managing the farm and caring for her property in Kirksville.

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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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