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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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WASHINGTON CARNEY, one of the well-to-do and influential citizens of Johnson County, is a Democrat of the strictest type, and at all times and under all circumstances is opposed to monopolies. He is one of the largest land-owners in this vicinity, and his well conducted homestead is located on section 23, township 46, range 28. It is seven hundred acres in extent and excellently divided into timber, hill, valley and bottom land. He has made his home on this tract for twenty-eight years, and during that time has established for himself a reputation for thorough integrity, enterprise and correctness that is truly most desirable.

Thomas Carney, the father of our subject, who was a native of North Carolina, married Miss Mary Hunt, a native of Virginia, who departed this life in Johnson County when seventy-seven years of age. She became the mother of ten children, of whom the three living are Robinson, a resident of Oklahoma; Joshua, living in this state; and Washington, of this sketch. The latter was born in Pendleton County, Ky., July 27, 1834, and was there reared to man’s estate. His boyhood was passed in much the usual manner of farmer lads, his time being divided between work and attendance at the district school.

In 1852 Washington Carney came to Missouri, first locating in Scotland County, of which portion of the state he was a resident for twelve years. At the end of that time he sold his interests there and determined to come to this county, stopping one winter, however, in Platte County, where his brother was living. Mr. Carney became the proprietor of four hundred acres in this township, to which he added as the years passed by, until now he has one of the largest estates in the county, comprising seven hundred broad and fertile acres.

The subject of this sketch was married, at the age of twenty-four years, to Miss Sarah Fryrear, a native of Kentucky, but who was reared to womanhood in this state. She is well educated, and to her good advice and assistance in early life our subject attributes in a great measure his success and high standing in the community. She became the mother of thirteen children. Of these, Sarah, the eldest of the family, is living in Jackson Township, this county, and is the wife of William Eads; her four children are Lura, Forest, Wallace and Lillie B. Jefferson D. is a resident of Clinton, Mo., and by his union with Miss Delma Paquin has been born a daughter, Lucile. Robinson L., a well-to-do resident of this county, chose for his wife Elizabeth Garrison; their family comprises two children, Ella and Samuel. Joshua C., who makes his home in Jackson Township, married Emeline Eads, and has two children, Eulah and Jennie B. David R. also makes his home in this vicinity, and is the husband of Maggie Hayhurst; they have one son, James W. Nora married S. Eads, of Kingsville; Lillie B. is living in Warrensburg, Mo.; Gilbert is at home; Charles is a resident of Warrensburg; Vest lives with his parents; Washington R. is still under the parental roof; and two children died in infancy.

In his political faith, as before stated, our subject supports the Democratic cause, but has never had any ambition to assume office, finding his time amply occupied in looking after his large estate. He is honorable and upright in his dealings with all, and has thus won many warm friends who hold him in high esteem.

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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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