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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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Carr McNatt, attorney at law, Aurora, and a native of Lawrence County, was born on the 23d of October, 1851. His parents, John C. and Sallie R. (Gilbert) McNatt, were born in Bedford and Lincoln Counties, Tenn., respectively. They were married in their native State, and in 1837 moved to Missouri, settling about three miles north of Aurora, where they entered 160 acres of land, which is still in possession of members of the family. The father’s brother, Carr McNatt, entered the land on which Aurora is now located. They were among the pioneer settlers of the county, and became well-to-do citizens. The father died in April, 1885, and the mother in 1859. They were the parents of eleven children, eight of whom are living: Nancy C. (wife of C. R. Galloway), Mary A. (wife of H. C. Wooton), Allen R., John J., Fannie O. (wife of A. R. Wheat), Carr, Washington and Cassie J. (wife of J. H. Vertrees.) The father followed mercantile pursuits nearly all his life, and was a resident of Aurora for about fifty years. He was the first surveyor of Barry County, and served one term as county judge of Lawrence County. His grandfather was born in Scotland and came to the United States, settling in Pennsylvania. He served in the Revolutionary War, and lived to be one hundred and three years of age, dying in Tennessee. He was a Scotch giant, weighing over 250 pounds. His son Levin, father of John C. McNatt, was born in Tennessee, and there lived until sometime in the forties. He was a private under Gen. Jackson in the War of 1812, and died in Lawrence County, Mo. Carr McNatt, whose name heads this sketch, resided on a farm until sixteen years of age, and then engaged in the mercantile business with his father, managing a branch store, which occupation he has followed nearly all his life. He has also been engaged in the stock business, and owns about 320 acres of land in Kansas, and 180 acres in Lawrence County. He began the study of law when a boy, but his advantages were poor, and he gave it up, but, in November, 1887, entered into partnership with Isaac B. Kimbrell, and is now one of the successful practitioners of the county. He was married, in 1876, to Alice Elliott, a daughter of S. G. Elliott, who bore him three children, two of whom are living, Annie and Harvey W. His wife died in February, 1886, and he was married in November, 1887, to Mattie J. Thomas. Mr. McNatt is a member of the Christian Church, and belongs to the K. of L. He takes considerable interest in mining, and has an interest in the Aurora Mining and Smelting Co., the Aurora Zinc Co., and the Aurora Mercantile and Investment Co., and is president of the Bank of Aurora.

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