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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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Enoch T. McCune, stock farmer of Greene Township, was born in Pike County, Mo., in 1837, and is the son of Harvey T. and Mary (Matson) McCune. The father was born in Bourbon County, Ky., in 1811, and came to Missouri with his parents, John and Polly (Shannon) McCune, in 1816. They were natives of Kentucky, and were of Irish descent. The great-grandfather of Enoch T. McCune was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was taken prisoner by Simon Girty, who held him a prisoner for some time. He was finally exchanged. Harvey T. McCune remained with his parents in Pike County, Mo., until twenty-one years of age, when he married Miss Matson, and some years afterward came to Southwest Missouri. He located in what is now Greene Township in 1840, and there passed the remainder of his days. He died in 1866. His wife was a native of Pike County, Mo., born in 1817, and was the daughter of Enoch and Jane (Shobe) Matson, natives of Kentucky and Virginia, respectively. Enoch Matson was a miller by occupation, and had built several mills. He was the father of ten children, Mary Matson being the fourth child. By her marriage to Mr. McCune she became the mother of three children: Enoch T., Mary Jane (now deceased) and Susan H., who is the wife of Thomas Apperson, and lives on the old home place settled by the father in 1840. The mother is still living, and makes her home with her two children. She enjoys good health, and is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Enoch T. was but three years of age when he came with his parents to Southwest Missouri. They came overland with wagons, and Enoch rode on the head of a sugar barrel. He remained with his parents until nineteen years of age, and received his schooling in the Spring River Academy. Ex-Gov. Campbell, Senator Cravens, Judge Holladay, of St. Louis, and Judge Cravens were school mates of his. About 1856 he and a neighbor, Humphrey Robinson, went to Old Mexico and purchased mules, which they brought back to Kansas City. This business they followed for about two years. Mr. McCune then made a trip to Pikes Peak, and after returning he located on his present farm, which consists of 1,800 acres, 700 being under cultivation. He served about three years in the Confederate army, and was twice wounded, but not seriously. He married Miss Lizzie Duff, who was born in St. Louis in 1839, and was the daughter of Rev. W. H. Duff, of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He came to southwest Missouri in 1853 or 1854, and located in Greene Township. To Mr. and Mrs. McCune were born six children, only two now living. Thomas E. is a graduate of Lebanon College and of the Missouri Medical, and is now practicing his profession at Carthage, Mo. He was born January 8, 1863. Susan J. was born June, 1874. Mr. McCune is a member of the K. T., the Masonic fraternity, also the I. O. O. F., and he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church at White Oak.

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