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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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Allen R. McNatt was born on the farm on which he now lives March 19, 1845, and is of Scotch-English descent. His parents, John C. and Sallie R. (Gilbert) McNatt, were born in Bedford and Lincoln Counties, Tenn., respectively. [For parents history see sketch of Carr McNatt.] Allen R. McNatt was only one month old when the county was organized, and was probably the first child born in the county. He was brought up to farm life, and received only a limited education. In 1863 he enlisted in Company I, Second Missouri Artillery, and served as a gunner until the close of the war. He was at the battle of Nashville, and in several severe skirmishes. At the close of the war he came home and engaged in mercantile pursuits, which he followed until 1871, when he resumed farming. He owns 280 acres of good land. He was first married in 1866 to Mary Pharriss, who died in 1885, having borne four children: Sallie, Estella, Alice and Willie. In 1866 Mr. McNatt was united in marriage to Addie McCarroll. They have one child, Bertha. Both parents are members of the Christian Church, and Mr. McNatt belongs to the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities. In 1880 he was census enumerator of Lawrence County for the United States.

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