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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 Y. McCandles, a farmer of Willmathsville, was born in Kentucky, in 1823, and is a son of Robert and Louisa (Elder) McCandles, both natives of the same State, and both born in 1795. The father was a son of James, a native of Dublin, Ireland, who came to America about 1751, and who served in the Revolutionary War. Robert was married about 1817, and in 1858 removed to Scotland County, Mo., where he died in 1872, a farmer and carpenter. The mother died in 1864. Both mother and father were Campbellites. Our subject was reared at home, was educated at the common schools of Kentucky, and married Susan Lattimer, of Kentucky, in 1847. They had five children: Charles W. (of Scotland County), Robert, Cordelia (wife of John Barker, of Iowa), Benjamin W. (of California), and Ruth (wife of Zalmer Morton). He moved to Scotland County in 1855, where his wife died in 1877. In 1880 he married Mrs. Cordelia, widow of Dr. Bowen, of Willmathsville, where he has since made his home, on a farm of 360 acres belonging to Mrs. McCandles. Our subject has had (now sold) a farm of 280 acres of land in Scotland County, near Memphis; which he had acquired by his own labor and management. He volunteered his service in the Mexican War as an orderly sergeant, but the company was not received. He is a Democrat, having cast his first presidential vote for Polk in 1844. He is a Royal Arch Mason, and a member of the Campbellite Church, as was also his first wife, but his present wife is of the Presbyterian faith.

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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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