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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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Hon. Joseph S. Plummer, prosecuting attorney of Barry County, Mo., was born in Ashe County, N. C., in 1836. He is the son of Samuel and Mahala (Reeves) Plummer. The father, who was of Irish extraction, was born in North Carolina in 1812, and was a farmer and local minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mahala Reeves was of Scotch descent. She was born in 1816, and died in November, 1887. She was the mother of eight children, of whom six are living; they are John C. (a farmer and stock raiser of Ashe County, N. C.), Rebecca (wife of Samuel Caldwell, of Alleghany County, N. C.), Joseph S., Jesse R. (a farmer of Ashe County, N. C.), Lucinda (Mrs. John Curley), Jane (Mrs. W. A. Hall) and George W. (a farmer, residing in Texas). Joseph S. acquired his early education in the common schools and at Wilson’s Creek Academy. In 1858 he came to Newton County, Mo. and the following year became a disciple of Blackstone. Soon after, however, he transferred his attention to the medical profession, and entered a medical college in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1866 to 1868 he practiced medicine in Texas. In the latter year he located in Barry County, Mo., and took up the legal profession where he had dropped it ten years before. He was very successful, and in 1876 was elected prosecuting attorney. In 1879 he was appointed journal clerk by the Legislature, and in 1886 was again elected prosecuting attorney. Dr. Plummer is an excellent lawyer, a logical debater and a forcible speaker, and is highly respected, both as a citizen and as an official. He was married in July, 1860, to Paulina Walker, a daughter of Dr. John W. Walker, of Carthage, Mo., and a native of Carroll County, Ark. To them have been born eight children, four living: Jefferson D., John W., Mary J. and Mildred M.

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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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