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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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Thomas J. Carter, a farmer residing four and one-half miles east of Monett, Mo., was born on December 17, 1833, in Tennessee, and is the only child of Thomas and Rebecca (Jackson) Carter. Thomas Carter, Sr., was a native of Tennessee, in which State he lived and died. After his death his widow, who was born in North Carolina, married John Sullivan. Soon after Mr. Sullivan and wife removed from Tennessee to Greene County, Mo.; thence to Lawrence County, and later to Stone County, where Mrs. Sullivan died. Mr. Sullivan is now living in Barry County. To them were born nine children, of whom William, John and Matilda are living. Those dead are Ellen and Allan and four small children. Thomas J. Carter entered the Union army in 1861, and was in service until the close of the war in 1865. He served in the Home Guards and State Militia until he joined Company B, Fifteenth Missouri Cavalry. He participated in the engagement at Springfield, when the Federal troops were attacked by Marmaduke. Mr. Carter was captured once, and held prisoner for a short time in Southwest Missouri. In politics he is independent, voting for the man and not for the politician. He cast his first presidential vote for Fillmore. In 1859 he was united in marriage with Sarah F. Wooley, who was born December 12, 1840, and to them have been born eleven children: Charlotte, born September 2, 1860; William F. S., born December 6, 1861; T. J. Jr., born December 20, 1863; Joseph L. born May 3, 1866; J. D., born August 14, 1868; Christopher C., born May 21, 1871, Sarah C., born September 9, 1873; Jacob W., born June 17, 1875; H. W., born September 22, 1877; M. C., born July 17, 1879; Emery O., born April, 1883. Of these Charlotte died March 26, 1861; William F. S. died October 18, 1862; T. J Jr., died October 6, 1865; J. D. died December 6, 1872; H. W. died October 25, 1877; M. C. died February 17, 1880; Emery O. died October 7, 1884. All are members of the Methodist Church. Mrs. Sarah F. Carter’s father was a native of Illinois, born December 12, 1816; thence moved to Stone County, Mo. He died January 5, 1855. Her mother was born in Simpson County, Ky., then moved to Stone County, Mo.; thence moved to Christian County, ten miles south of Springfield, Mo., where she now lives. Mr. Carter has a farm of 200 acres, of which 120 acres are nicely situated and well improved.

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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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