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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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Amos Horner, an enterprising and prosperous farmer of Barry County residing three miles northeast of Cassville, was born in Perry County, Tenn., in 1837, and when thirteen years of age came with his parents to Missouri His father, Isaac Homer, was a native of Tennessee, born February 10, 1807, and was a farmer by vocation. He resided in his native State until 1852, when he removed to Newton County, Mo., coming to Barry County the following year. He settled on the farm now owned by his son, Amos, and at the time of his death, on January 24, 1859, was the owner of 520 acres. His wife, Mary Moore, was born in White County, Tenn., November 16, 1809, and died on May 15, 1878. They were the parents of twelve children, six of whom are living, viz.: Nancy (wife of Thomas Shoemaker, of Newton County, Mo.), Betsy (wife of John Brock, of Barry County, Mo.), Anna (wife of Asbury McCary of Barry County), Amos, Serena (Mrs. William Neely) and Caroline (Mrs. William Sicks, of Colorado). Amos grew to manhood on a farm, making his home with his parents as long as they lived. His marriage with Martha Jane Smith was celebrated in 1878. She is a daughter of Samuel Smith, and was born in Benton County, Ark., in 1857. To their union have been born six children: Isaac Elbert, Adar, William Oliver, Clara, Cleveland and an infant daughter, Festus Omega. Mr. Horner has passed the greater portion of his life in the neighborhood which is his present home, now owning 300 acres of the old homestead. He also has 160 acres in another portion of the township. In politics he has been a life-long Democrat, having cast his first vote for John C. Breckenridge in 1860. During the war he espoused the cause of the Union, and in 1863 enlisted in Company E, Second Arkansas Cavalry, with which he served until hostilities ceased, receiving his discharge in Tennessee. Mr. Horner is a Master Mason.

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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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