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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Hon. Warren Montgomery Barr, a prominent attorney at law of Vienna, Maries County, was born in Knox County, Mo., in 1851, and is a son of James and Jemimah (McLain) Barr. James Barr, who was of Scotch descent, was born in Kentucky in 1820, and moved to Knox County, Mo., with his parents in 1830. He married in 1850, and in 1857 moved to Webster County, Mo., where he lived until 1860, and subsequently located in Pulaski County, Mo., where he died in 1869. His wife was born in Maryland in 1832, and is a daughter of John McLain, who was a soldier in the War of 1812. Mrs. Barr is yet living, and resides in Pulaski County. Of the eight children born to James and Jemimah Barr six are living, viz.: Warren M., Arthur, an attorney and printer of Marshall, Ark.; Minnie, wife of T. J. Combs; Albert, a physician of Huntsville, Ark.; Catherine, wife of Newton Vickars, and Clifford, living with his mother. Warren M. Barr received the principal part of his education at Richland, Pulaski County, and at the age of nineteen engaged in teaching, which profession he followed several terms. In 1874 he became a disciple of Blackstone, studying under J. B. Rackliff, of Waynesville, where he was admitted to the bar in 1876 under Judge V. B. Hill. He then formed a partnership with his former preceptor, J. B. Rackliff, with whom he remained until 1883. The following year he located in Vienna, Maries County, where he has ever since been actively engaged in the practice of his chosen profession. Mr. Barr was elected school commissioner of Pulaski County in 1879, to which office he was reelected in 1881, serving four years. In 1886 he was elected prosecuting attorney of Maries County, in which position he ably served two years. In April, 1886, Mr. Barr, in partnership with his brother Arthur, bought the Maries County Courier, which under their supervision became the Maries County Gazette. They published this paper until November, 1888, when they sold it to D. Rainey, the present editor. In July, 1876, Mr. Barr married Mary F. Bachelor, who was born in Franklin County, Mo., in 1852, and is a daughter of Nimrod Bachelor, of Pulaski County. Five children have blessed this union, viz.: Ida, Sidney, Nettie, Effie and Jessie. Mr. Barr is a Mason.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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