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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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Thomas Ryan is the superintendent of the Whitehead and McChan estate, including the coal mines, 300 acres of land and twenty-two houses at Stahl. Mr. Ryan is a native of Huntington County, Penn., his parents being John and Anna (Steepleton) Ryan, natives of Ireland. Our subject has been connected with the mining business all his life under the employ of J. Whitehead. When but seven years old he began as a door manager in a coal mine in Huntington, Penn., and worked for 35 cents per day. After that he drove mules for 75 cents a day, and afterward bossed teamsters, for which he received $2.25 per day. He has operated in twenty-one different mines in Pennsylvania, and since his marriage in 1886 has superintended the mines and other property in Adair County, Mo. The mine at Stahl is operated about seven months in a year, excavating about 8,000 pounds per day.

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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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