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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin 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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Samuel A. McCallister, farmer and stock raiser, is a native of Franklin County, Mo., and was born in 1840, at Washington. He is the younger child and only son of Samuel and Mary (Gross) McCallister, who had only two children, this son and a daughter, Sarah A., wife of G. W. Arnhart. Samuel A. McCallister was reared on the farm by his step-father, his own father having died when he was very young; his early education was obtained at the common schools, but he acquired the greater part of his knowledge by study at odd times. He worked on a farm and at various pursuits until 1859, when he went to Texas and joined the Rangers as a guard against the Indians. He returned to Missouri in 1865, and the following year married Sarah J. Love. Mrs. McCallister died in 1876, the mother of six children, only three of whom are living: Edwin A., Virginia D. and Minnie M. In 1879 Mr. McCallister married Samantha J. Arnhart, who lived but a few months after her marriage. In 1883 our subject was united in marriage with Emma J. Harris, who is still living, and is the mother of one daughter, Ethel. From a poor boy Mr. McCallister has come to be one of the most prominent farmers in the county. He owns 340 acres of land and a fine residence, all the result of his industry. He affiliates with the Republican party in politics, though he is conservative. He and his wife are consistent members of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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