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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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Allen Perryman, stock dealer and farmer of Barry County, Mo., was born in Barry County, Mo., in 1850, and is a son of Joel W. and Mary (Moore) Perryman, who were born in Tennessee and Illinois, respectively, the former in Wilson County in 1807, where he lived till nearly grown, then went to Illinois. At the age of twenty-one he located in Phelps County, Mo., then in Greene County and later in Barry County, where he followed agricultural pursuits. He was a machinist by trade, and died in 1871. He lived in Arkansas for some time, and while there held the office of county judge for a number of terms. He and wife were the parents of four children: Robert S., William, Allen, and a daughter who died in infancy. The mother is still living, and makes her home with Allen Perryman. The father was first married to Sarah Custer, who bore him six children, four now living: Isaac, Joel, Drusilla and Sarah. Their mother died in Missouri. Allen Perryman grew to manhood in Barry County, and in 1861 went to Shelby County, Ill., with his parents, and remained with his people there until 1864, when he came to Phelps County, Mo., thence to Barry County where he was educated. He was married at the age of seventeen years, and immediately located on a farm and began doing for himself. His first purchase of land was 135 acres, but he now owns 320 acres, with 100 acres under cultivation. Since 1881 he has given the most of his attention to buying and selling stock. He was elected coroner of Barry County in 1874-76, and was appointed postmaster of Scholten in the spring of 1887, but resigned in January, 1888. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and the Christian Church. He was married to Elizabeth Short, who was born in 1844, and by her became the father of eight children, four living: John, Sarah E., Manna and Allie. Their mother died February 16, 1888, an active member of the Christian Church.

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