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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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Rev. John A. Sartin was born on August 5, 1847, in Webster County, Mo., and is the only child of James and Frances (Lesley) Sartin. James Sartin was born in Tennessee, and when a young man came to Webster County, Mo., where he died when the subject of this sketch was young. His wife was born in Tennessee, and is now living in McDonald County, Mo., whither she went after her second marriage, about 1884. Rev. John A. Sartin was reared on a farm and had comparatively no schooling advantages, but he has acquired a fair education by private study. At the early age of seven years he left the parental roof, and lived with an uncle until the war broke out, when, at the age of fourteen years, he entered Company H, Eighth Missouri Cavalry, and was in the Federal service five years and fifteen days. While in the army he contracted, from an attack of the measles, a lung affection, which has disabled him throughout his years of prime manhood. He returned to his uncle’s in July, 1865; and worked on the farm until the next July, when he began studying for the ministry. Not waiting long to begin his work of preaching the Gospel, he, on New Years day, 1867, left home to take charge of his first circuit, which was in Johnson County, He kept this charge until the ensuing fall, when he went to the Springfield Circuit, in which he worked one year. Thence, on September 28, 1868, he came to the place where he now lives in Capp’s Creek Township, Barry County, and organized what was then known as Shoal Creek Circuit. The latter circuit now has four circuits and one station within its original bounds. Rev. Sartin has since kept the pastorate of churches in some part of the old circuit, except one year that he was at Richland Circuit, Jackson County. He first had charge of Shoal Creek Circuit, then Flat Creek Circuit, and later Pisgah Station for five years. He now has charge of Warsaw Circuit, embracing a part of Benton, Henry and Pettis Counties, Mo. His ministry has been marked with success which corresponds to the zeal with which he pursues his work. Since his conversion he has been a member of the Protestant Methodist Church, to which church his wife also belongs. Besides his work in the ministry he has also been engaged in farming, and owns a beautiful little farm four miles south of Monett. On July 18, 1869, he married Sarah J. Goodnight, a daughter of John Goodnight, deceased. She was born on November 19, 1849. They have had ten children, as follows: Ulysses E., Hudy S., Mamie V. (deceased), John E., Nellie M. (deceased), Emma, Freddie (deceased), Eddie, Ollis R. (deceased) and Oliver L. (deceased). Rev. Sartin is a man of excellent Christian character, and enjoys the confidence of a wide acquaintance.

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