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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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LEE WYRE, one of the enterprising farmers of Johnson County, has been a resident of township 47, range 25, since 1893. His estate, though not as large as many in this section, is well cultivated, and from it the proprietor reaps a good income. Mr. Wyre was born in Davidson County, N. C., April 6, 1867, and is the son of David and Rachel (Collett) Wyre, both of whom were also natives of that state and farmers by occupation.

The paternal grandparents of our subject were born in North Carolina, where they spent their entire lives. David Wyre remained at home until after his marriage, when he set about to earn his own living. He continued to make his home in his native state for the succeeding fifteen years, and during that entire time was engaged in farming, with the exception of a few years during the Civil War, when he was in the employ of the Government as a coal-burner in North Carolina.

In 1870 the parents of our subject took up the line of march to this state, locating at once in Lafayette County, where the father had an uncle living. He rented a tract of land for a time and then erected a house on the estate of his uncle, where he is still living. This farm comprises fifteen acres, and in addition to this he is the possessor of forty acres a little to the southeast of this place.

To David and Rachel Wyre was born a family of eight children. Belle married William Helt, and is living on a farm near the home of her father; Luan became the wife of William B. Taggart, and with her husband is also the occupant of a farm near the home place; the third-born died unnamed; Lee, of this sketch, was the fourth of the household; Jacob is living at home; Noville became the wife of Bruce Bell, and they reside on a farm three miles east of Windsor; George and Eliza are still under the parental roof.

Upon attaining his majority our subject began for himself by renting a tract of seventy acres, located about one mile north of his father’s place. This he operated for one year, then engaged to work the Greer Farm. For four years he was a resident of that place, and while living there was married, February 22, 1891, to Miss Ella C., daughter of R. H. and Rebecca (Craft) Whitsett.

December 14, 1893, Mr. Wyre moved to his present farm of eighty acres, thirty acres of which were under improvement when he took possession of the place. He has cleared some of the timber from the estate, has succeeded in placing the soil under a high state of cultivation, and has erected thereon a number of substantial and conveniently arranged buildings.

To Mr. and Mrs. Wyre there have been born two children: Clovis, whose birth occurred September 6, 1892; and Mabel, born August 6, 1894. In politics Mr. Wyre has always voted the Republican ticket, and, although having no desire for office-holding, is much interested in the success of his particular party. Both of the parents are highly respected in the community, and in religious affairs Mr. Wyre belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South, while his wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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