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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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Newton L. Hailey, sheriff of Barry County, Mo., was born in Bedford County, Tenn., in 1848, and is a son of Benjamin F. and Ophelia (Gates) Hailey The father was of English descent, and was born in Bedford County, Tenn. He was a farmer, and resided in his native State until 1850, when he removed to Texas. Five years later he proceeded to Carroll County, Ark., and engaged in blacksmithing and the hotel business, continuing until his death, in 1864. His wife is of Scotch descent and was born in Tennessee. They became the parents of five children, viz.: Newton L., Allen F., William J. (editor of the Barryville Progress, of Barryville, Ark.), Alphonso C. (postmaster of Barryville, Ark. ) and Jefferson D. P. (who is a partner of his brother, William J., in the newspaper office). Newton L. secured a good education in Clark’s Academy, of Barryville Ark. In 1866 he was united in marriage with Nancy A. McKinney, a daughter of William McKinney, and a native of Barry County, Mo. Their union has been blessed by the birth of six children, viz.: William W., Frank H., Flossa O., Zua M., Sterling N. and Charles P. Two years after his marriage Mr. Hailey removed his family to Barry County, locating in Mountain Township, ten miles; east of the county seat. Here he purchased a farm, and now owns 320 acres. Politically, his views accord with those of the Democratic party. In 1878 he was favored with the office of county assessor, to which position he was reelected in 1880. In 1886 he was elected to his present position of sheriff. Mr. Hailey is an influential and highly esteemed citizen, and has made an efficient public officer. He is a Mason, and both he and wife are zealous members of the Christian Church. Mr. Hailey’s mother is still living. After the death of her first husband she married William Hubbard, who for many years was clerk of the Barry County Court. In 1870 Mr. Hailey was appointed postmaster at Hill City, in this county, and served until 1882, when the office was discontinued and then an office was established at Mr. Hailey’s residence, which post-office assumed his name, and is known by the name of Hailey, Mo., today.

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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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