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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski 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. Joe McGregor, attorney at law, of Waynesville, Ohio, was born in Osage County, Mo., June 14, 1857, and is a son of Dr. Allan L. and Anna M. (Mosby) McGregor, and grandson of James McGregor, who was born in Scotland, and came to the United States in 1812 or 1813, locating in Wheeling, W. Va. He died in Keokuk, Iowa, in 1881. His son Allan was born in Wheeling in 1827, and became a citizen of Osage County, Mo., in 1851, where he entered the teacher’s profession, taking up the study of medicine at the same time, afterward attending Pope’s Medical College at St. Louis, Mo., from which institution he graduated. He practiced his profession in Osage County until 1862, when he moved to Maries County, and in 1871 became a citizen of Pulaski County. Here he was actively engaged in practicing medicine until the summer of 1888, when he was stricken with paralysis, and has since been unable to attend to his work. In politics he is stanch Democrat, and in 1880 was elected on that ticket to represent Pulaski County in the State Legislature, serving one term. He is one of the foremost citizens of the county in which he resides, and is highly honored and esteemed by his fellow men. His wife was born in Kentucky in 1834, and died in 1858, and after her death he espoused Miss Susan McKnight, who died in 1881. Two sons were born to each marriage: Allan and Joe to the first, and James and Pryor to the last. Joe McGregor attended the common schools in boyhood, and at the early age of fifteen years engaged in “teaching the young idea,” receiving a first-class certificate from Judge V. B. Hill, who was school examiner of Pulaski County at that time, and followed that occupation for about seven years in Phelps, Maries and Pulaski Counties. In 1880 he became connected with the Pulaski County Tribune, published at Waynesville, his partner being D. Rainey. He was connected with the paper for three years, and then sold his interest, and the same year was admitted to the bar, having been an earnest student of Blackstone for some time. In 1884-85 he took the senior law course in the State University at Columbia, Mo., and in March, 1885, graduated with the degree of LL. B. Since that time he has practiced his profession in Waynesville, being also engaged in abstracting and the general real estate business, and has in his possession the only complete set of abstract books in the county. He is a stanch Democrat and an active worker for his party, and has frequently been a delegate to State and judicial conventions. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and September 25, 1886, was married to Miss Fanny Price, who was born in Maries County, Mo., in 1869, and by her is the father of one child, Ralph.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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