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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 Hisaw was the third of a family of five children of Frederick and Elizabeth (Rochelle) Hisaw. Frederick Hisaw was born in Cumberland County, Ky., on August 13, 1807, and grew to manhood in his native State, after which he went to West Tennessee, where he lived for nine years as a farmer. In 1836 Frederick Hisaw sealed on Capps’ Creek, in Barry County, near what is now the Newton County line, it being the same tract on which William Hisaw now lives. He was a very successful farmer. His neighbors at the time of his settlement were very few indeed, the nearest visiting ones being about four miles away. He was a firm Jacksonian Democrat, and wielded considerable influence in political matters. His wife, whom he married in Gibson County, Tenn., about 1830, died in Barry County in July 1840. She was a consistent member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Hisaw never married again. He died on September 7, 1872, leaving many warm friends. William is the only one of their children who is living. The others were Sarah J., who died in 1856; John T., who died in 1862; George N., who died in 1852, and Patience, who died in infancy. William was born on November 4, 1835, in Tennessee. From infancy he has lived on the farm which is his present home. On December 6, 1855, he married Nancy, a daughter of Fielden L. Richardson, who in 1852 came to Barry County from Indiana. Soon after his marriage Mr. Hisaw began farming for himself, and has continued very successfully. His farm contains 306 acres, with 175 acres of the finest bottomland under cultivation. To him and wife have been born eight children. They are Mary E. (wife of B. D. West), Sarah (wife of Enoch Browning), Frederick L., Mary S. (wife of J. B. Cummings), Melissa L. (wife of M. J. Slankard), Theresa B. (deceased), Nancy A. (deceased) and William W. Mrs. Hisaw and several of her children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Hisaw takes an active interest in politics as a member of the Democratic party. He is one of the prominent men of his community, and takes an interest in all enterprises that are for the public benefit. During the Civil War he served for two years and ten months in the Confederate army as a member of Company G, Eighth Missouri Infantry.

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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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