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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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Rev. Father John Ryan is pastor of St. Mary’s Church, at Adair, and is a native of Ireland, where he was born in 1852, and received his education at St. Kyran College. He came to the United States in 1872, was ordained in June, 1877, by Bishop Ryan, of Buffalo, N. Y., and immediately entered upon his first mission at Kansas City, and the year following went to St. Louis, where he filled a vacancy for a short time, and then came to Adair during the same year (1878), where he has since been stationed. He is a son of William and Margaret (Corr) Ryan, who were also natives of Ireland, where they passed their entire lives. The father was a merchant and farmer, and died in May, 1884. The mother died in 1881.

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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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