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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson 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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Mayor H. E. McClanahan, of Festus, Jefferson County, is a native of Ste. Genevieve County, and was born January 31, 1837. His father, Madison McClanahan, of Scotch descent, was a native of the same county, where he spent his entire life; he married Miss Virginia Frazier, of French descent, and to them several children were born, four of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. At this writing the mother is still living on the old homestead, in Jackson Township, Ste. Genevieve County. H. E. McClanahan received a common-school education, and was reared on a farm, to which occupation he gave his undivided attention until 1881, when he located in the town in which he now resides. He married Miss Martha A. Jennings, a native of the same locality as himself, the event being solemnized November 3, 1869. This marriage was blessed by the birth of nine children, four of whom are deceased, viz.: Elvey E., Ida, an infant unnamed, and Chester. Those living are: Signor V., Gracie, Luther B., Jessie M. and Minnie P. Since locating in Festus Mr. McClanahan has been representing the Klausman Brewing Company, of St. Louis, as local distributing agent. In the corporation election of 1877 he was elected to the office of mayor of the town of Festus. In matters political he is an independent Democrat, preferring to vote for the man in preference to party dictation.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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