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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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Harrison Attaway, proprietor of Attaway’s Hotel, Monett, Mo., is a native of Greensboro, Greene Co., Ga., and was born on June 26, 1836. He is a son of Chesley and Catherine (Healey) Attaway, both of whom were of Irish descent. Chesley Attaway was born in South Carolina on May 15, 1804, and was a son of John Attaway, a native of Virginia, who was born on the Dan River in 1751, and was a farmer by occupation. Chesley was the youngest son. When a young man he went to Greene County, Ga., where he married and followed merchandising for many years. His death occurred in 1875, in Rome, Ga. His wife was born in Savannah, Ga., in 1806, and died in 1853. They were the parents of eight children, seven sons and one daughter, of whom Harrison is the third child. The latter was educated in his native State, and at the age of sixteen commenced the study of law. At nineteen he was admitted to the bar by a special act of the Legislature. In 1856 he immigrated to Montgomery County, Mo., and two years later married Juliette, a daughter of John M. Smith, who immigrated to Montgomery County, Mo., from Franklin County, Va. Mrs. Attaway was born in the former county October 16, 1843. To Mr. and Mrs. Attaway have been born ten sons, of whom five, Paul, Thomas, Daniel, August, T. B. and William T. are living. For several years Mr. Attaway taught school. In 1864 he went to Cincinnati, and for a time was express messenger between Louisville and Cincinnati. In the spring of 1865 he was engaged as express messenger between St. Louis and Rolla, Mo., but in July he engaged in merchandising at the latter place, continuing until 1867, when he opened a hotel at Arlington. Two years later he went to Lebanon to manage the Laclede Hotel, of which he is still proprietor. He opened the hotel at Monett in April, 1888, and has made it first-class in every respect. Mr. Attaway was appointed by Gov. Phelps coal oil inspector, which position he held three years, with his office at St Louis. He has been appointed general agent for Southwest Missouri of the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association. He is a stanch Democrat, and from 1872 to 1876 served as one of the executive committee of the Democratic Party for the State of Missouri. He and family are members of the R. C. Church.

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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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