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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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William D. Manley, justice of the peace, notary public, and pension, insurance and land agent, of Cassville, Mo., is a native of Medina County, Ohio. He was born in 1838, and is the son of Menzies S. and Minerva (Sippy) Manley. His father was of English descent, was born in Connecticut, in 1805, and was a farmer by occupation. After his marriage he removed to Medina County, Ohio, and thence, in 1840, to Fulton County, Ind. He resided there until 1852, when he went to Richland County, Wis., where he died ten years later. His wife, nee Minerva Sippy, was of French descent. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1815, and is now living in Sanborn, Obrien Co., Iowa. She was the second wife of Mr. Manley, and is the mother of four children, of whom William D. is the second. Our subject remained with his parents until twenty years of age, when he removed to the “Lone Star” State, where he went to work upon a farm. The next year he went to Sebastian County, Ark., where in 1861 he married Mary E. Bender, who was born in that county in 1844. In June, 1862, Mr. Manley entered the employ of the United States Government, and was sent to Missouri. In 1867 he located in Barry County, one and one-half miles south of Cassville, upon a farm. He now owns a farm of 180 acres, one and one-half miles east of Cassville. In 1870 he was elected justice of the peace, which office he has since held continuously, and has administered its duties with good judgment and uncompromising integrity, as his long term of service testifies. On March 8, 1887, he was commissioned a notary public, and a year later was appointed pension agent. He has also engaged in the insurance business. Since 1871 he has been a resident of Cassville. Mr. Manley has been twice married. His first wife died in August, 1876, leaving four children: Charles, John W., Alice and Irene I., and in December, 1877, he was united in marriage to Margaret Bradley, who was born in Barry County, Mo., in 1848. They have five children: Rosa, Pearl, Burl, Bonnie and George. Mr. Manley is a Democrat in politics, and he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Baptist Church. His wife is also a member of the Baptist Church.

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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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