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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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Henry McCary a farmer residing three and one-half miles southwest of Cassville, Mo., was born on November 4, 1809, in South Carolina. When eight years of age he went to East Tennessee, where he remained until 1837, at which time he removed to Barry County, Mo. He is of a family of four children. Those living are Josiah, who resides in Vernon County, Nev., and Henry. The two who are dead are Sarah (who married William Johnson and lived in Kentucky) and Lindsay. Henry McCary was married in June, 1834 to Jane A. Thompson, a daughter of Thomas and Priscilla Thompson, and to them have been born ten children, five boys and five girls. They are Benjamin Franklin, Francis Asbury, Thomas Benton, Josiah, Nancy Ann, Mary Tennessee, Missouri Jane, John Thompson, Frances Arabella (deceased) and Martha Cordelia. Mrs. McCary was born in April 1816, in Rhea County, Tenn. Mr. McCary has served as constable and deputy sheriff of his county at various times, and in 1854 was honored by the Democracy of his county with a seat in the Legislature and was what is known as a Benton Democrat. He cast his first Presidential vote for “Old Hickory” in 1832. His family residence is on a beautiful farm of 215 acres, under a high state of cultivation. At one time he owned a much larger tract of land, but he has given liberally to his five sons, Benjamin, Thomas B., J. T., Francis and Josiah. Mr. McCary is a member in good standing of the Masonic fraternity.

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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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