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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald 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 P. Kenney, a prosperous farmer of Elk River Township, McDonald Co., Mo., was born in Greene County, Tenn., on December 20, 1838. He is a son of Harmon Kenney, who is now dead, and who was also a native of Greene County, Tenn. James P. Kenney received a fair education in the subscription schools of his native county, and early chose farming as a life vocation. He came to McDonald County, Mo., in 1871, but did not settle on his present farm until eight years later. He now owns 117 acres of land, which is well improved. During the Civil War he served nearly three years in the Federal army, as a member of Company B, Eighth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the battles of Resaca, Burnt Hickory and Kenesaw Mountain. He was also in the siege of Knoxville, and in Sherman’s march to the sea. On September 17, 1857, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth N. Brotherton, a daughter of James Brotherton, of Greene County, Tenn. Mr. and Mrs. Kenney are the parents of ten children, nine of whom are living, viz.: Sarah J., John P., James H., George F., William M., Cynthia C., Mary B., Martha and Fannie E. Mr. Kenney takes very little interest in politics, and has never sought official position. He is a zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. His oldest daughter, Sarah J., married Henry Prater, and resides one mile north of Pineville. She is the mother of five children: Melvin, Josephine, George, Maude and James.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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