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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry 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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William A. Boucher is the youngest of a family of six children born to the marriage of John G. Boucher and Elizabeth Hagans. John G. Boucher was born in Allen County, Ky., January 22, 1809, and spent his early life assisting on a farm and in a mill. He was married in his native State, and while a young man came to what was then Barry County, Mo., locating four miles southeast of Sarcoxie, on April 12, 1844. He remained there but a short time, when he removed to the eastern part of Washburn Prairie, where he remained fourteen years engaged in farming and building mills, he having erected several mills in that time. Thence he removed to a farm on Shoal Creek, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, on August 6, 1884. He was one of the most highly respected citizens of the county, and both he and wife were zealous members of the Baptist Church. Being one of the best informed men on politics in the county, he took an active part, in all political matters, and was a stanch Democrat. His wife was born in Allen County, Ky., on August 18, 1815, and is now living with her son William A. Their children were Jacob (deceased), John G. (a resident of Bentonville, Ark.), Enoch (deceased), Robert W. (who is residing at Purdy, Mo.), Sarah (deceased), Peter A. (who is residing near Exeter) and William A. The last named was born on July 21, 1853, in Barry County, Mo., near where he has ever since lived. He was reared on a farm and received a good high-school education, which was supplemented by some collegiate schooling. He has taught eighteen terms of school, and has become one of the leading men in educational affairs of the county. He also follows farming, and owns a nice farm of 240 acres, besides considerable town property, His marriage with Mary O. Wormington was celebrated on August 29, 1880. She is a native of Lawrence County, Mo., and a daughter of Jonathan H. Wormington, one of the first settlers on the present site of Monett. Mr. Wormington was one of the most successful farmers and highly respected citizens of the county. Mrs. Boucher is a consistent member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; to her and her husband have been born four children, all of whom are living. Mr. Boucher is a Democrat, and takes a leading part in politics and all matters of public nature. He has several times been a delegate to political conventions. As a citizen he is highly respected, and is a member of the A. F. & A. M.

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This family biography is one of 103 biographies included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Barry County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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