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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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Asa Carlin, one of the oldest farmers of Capp’s Creek Township, Barry Co Mo., was born on August 4, 1818, in Harrison County, Va. He was reared in his native State, and resided there until 1856, when he came to Missouri, locating on the farm where his son W. M. Carlin, now resides. The former has ever since resided in this neighborhood, and now lives five miles south of Monett. He has been a very successful farmer, and now at the age of seventy years does the average work of a strong man. When he came to Stone’s Prairie, which now has 150 residences, it contained not more than a dozen families. At the age of eighteen he married Maria Gifford, by whom he became the father of nine children, as follows: William M., Rebecca (Mrs. T. P. Withers), Thomas (editor of the Empire at Peirce City), Abram (a merchant at Purdy), Gilbert (who died at Cassville), Jediah (who is in the harness business at Purdy) Evaline (Mrs. Lafayette Johnson, of Texas), Virginia (Mrs. Luther Brown) and Ellsworth Halleck (of Purdy). Mr. Carlin’s first wife died on December 25, 1880, and he was married a year later to Melissa Withers. In politics Mr. Carlin is a Republican, and in religion is a Baptist. During the war he was a firm Union man, and did service in the State Militia. He is a highly respected citizen, and has reared a large family, who are known all over the county and of whom he may be justly proud.

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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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