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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 Marshall Carlin, a son of Asa and Maria Carlin, and one of the most prominent farmers of Barry County, Mo., was born in Harrison County Va., on December 19 1839. In 1856 he came with his parents to Barry County and remained with them until he was twenty years of age, when he married and settled where he now lives. Besides tilling the soil he has dealt extensively in livestock, and for a time made the latter his principal occupation. He owns a beautiful farm in Capp’s Creek Township, comprising 680 acres, of which 120 acres are timber land. The rest of it is under a fine state of cultivation. Mr. Carlin built the mill at Purdy in 1885. On July 28, 1859, he was united in marriage with Nancy Haddock, who was born on February 25, 1837. Her father was Charles Haddock, one of the first settlers of the county. He was a farmer and stock raiser, and a very prominent citizen. To Mr. and Mrs. Carlin have been born nine children, all of whom are living. They are Harrison L., Charles A., William S., Samantha, Thomas S., John F., Britty, Pleasant and Luther. Politically Mr. Carlin is a strong Republican. He did noble service for three years in the Federal army, in Company L, First Arkansas Cavalry He takes an active interest in public affairs, and supports every enterprise that is for the benefit of the community, and is well known throughout Southwest Missouri. He and wife are members 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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