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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Shadrach V. Casey, who is classed among the prominent and enterprising farmers of Gasconade Township, and one of the largest stock farmers of the county, was born December 25, 1837, on the place where he now lives, in Laclede County, Mo. He is the son of Samuel and Lucretia B. (Cayce) Casey. Samuel Casey was born in Roane County, Tenn., March 20, 1799, and as his father died when he was but six months old, Samuel was taken and reared by an uncle, Daniel Biehler, of German descent. Samuel Casey was married in Williamson County, Tenn., and came to Missouri about 1832 or 1833, and purchased the place where our subject lives. He died December 19, 1862. The mother was born in Williamson County, Tenn., January 26, 1817, and was married in that county. She died June 14, 1871. They were the parents of eight children, five of whom grew to maturity, and four now living: Mary J., wife of Mr. Breakfield; Shadrach V., Mrs. Amanda H. Nelson and Mrs. Anna B. Adams. Those deceased were: Thomas B., who was a soldier in the Union army, and came home on furlough; while at home he was taken out by bushwhackers and killed, in 1863; Lucretia E., Samuel H., and one infant, not named. The mother of these children was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was one of the best of mothers. Her father was a Baptist minister of some prominence, and very wealthy. She was one of thirteen children. Shadrach V. Casey lived on the home place until the fall of 1860, and April 12 of that year he married Miss Mary Ann Nelson, who was born in what was then Pulaski County, now Laclede County, and was the daughter of William and Mahala Nelson. To this union were born a family of four children, all living: William S., Mrs. Mary E. Allen, Mrs. Eliza L. Adams and Thomas H. The mother of these children died August 19, 1868, and Mr. Casey took for his second wife Miss Mary C. Stroup, a native of Wright County, now Laclede County. She was born May 5, 1848, and died November 1, 1883. She was a member of the Christian Church. One child was born to this union, Anna P. After his first marriage Mr. Casey settled on a farm below where he now lives, and there remained but one year. He then returned to the home, and after remaining there one year moved to a place on the prairie nine miles east of Lebanon, and at the end of two years again returned to the home place, where he has since resided. He enlisted in 1862 in the Confederate army, and served about five months as a ranger. He was in one skirmish in Wright County, Mo., and then came home. He was married, the third time, to Miss Mary E. Roberts, who was born in Ohio, and came to Missouri in 1878. She was the daughter of Allen C. and Amanda Roberts, residents of Laclede County. Mr. and Mrs. Casey are the parents of one child, Shadrach Allen. Mr. Casey has a large farm under a good state of cultivation; is a Union Labor man in his politics; has been a member of the school board for many years; is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Agricultural Wheel, and is a member of the Christian Church. Mrs. Casey is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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