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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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James W. LeCompte, a well-to-do farmer residing one and one-half miles west of Cassville, Mo., was born in Macon County, Mo., in 1848. He is a son of Elias and Margaret J. (Onan) LeCompte, of French and Irish origin, respectively. The paternal grandfather was a native of France. Elias LeCompte was born in Henry County, Ky., in 1819, and was reared on a farm in his native State. He also married there, after which, about 1843, he immigrated to Macon County, Mo. In 1860 he removed to Vernon County, and in 1868 came to Barry County, where he died about thirty days later, in December, 1868. His wife was born in Shelby County, Ky., in 1820. She is still living, and is the mother of thirteen children, of whom seven are living. They are Celia E. (wife of Amos C. Steadman, of Newton County, Mo.), James W., Mary E. (wife of D. E. Simes, of Paint Rock, Tex.), Walter T. (a livery man of Peirce City, Mo.), Jewett, Emma (wife of Dr. D. C. Overton, of Barry County) and Elias L. (a stock dealer, of Concho County, Tex.). James W. grew up on the farm, making his home with his mother until he was twenty-six years of age. In 1874 he married Jane Ault, a daughter of Thomas Ault, and to them have been born six children: Walter R., Hattie, Keet, Norman, Jewett E. and Gus R. Mrs. LeCompte was born in East Tennessee in 1853. In 1869 Mr. LeCompte became a resident of Barry County, Mo., and in November, 1872, was elected sheriff of the county, on the Democratic ticket. During his service as sheriff he was appointed county collector, and in 1873 he filled both offices. In 1874 he was elected collector, and re-elected in 1876. In 1878 he was appointed county treasurer and served two years, thus forcibly illustrating his fitness for public office and the confidence reposed in him by his constituents. In 1881 he engaged in merchandising in Cassville, in partnership with John M. Bayless and others, under the firm name of J. M. Bayless & Co. Mr. LeCompte purchased 156 acres of land adjoining Cassville on the north, and in 1882 laid out the addition known as LeCompte’s addition. In 1885 he purchased 340 acres one and one-half miles west of Cassville, on which he settled, and which is his present home. He has a fine farm, on which are first-class improvements, and he is one of the substantial citizens of the county. Mr. LeCompte is a member of the I. O. O. F. and Masonic orders, being a Master Mason. His wife is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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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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