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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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James M. McNatt, son of William S. and Nancy (White) McNatt, was born March 15, 1829, in Lincoln County, Tenn. William S. McNatt was born in 1807, in Bedford County, Middle Tenn., and Nancy (White) McNatt was born in Lincoln County, same State, in 1811. In 1858 the parents moved to Arkansas, and here the father now lives at the advanced age of eighty-one, and is as spry as most young men. He never uses a cane, and is strong and vigorous. His wife died in 1865, in Lawrence County, Mo. To them were born ten children, the following named now living: Paschal B., James M., R. M. D., John W., Willis W., William R., Nancy A., Sarah J. William S. McNatt took for his second wife, in 1866, Mrs. Martha Baker, and six children was the result of this union, all now living. James M. McNatt, one of the children by the first marriage, attained his growth in Tennessee, and there married his first wife, Miss Margaret Jones, who bore him four children, three now living: John M., William, James and an infant unnamed. Mrs. McNatt died in Tennessee in 1856. After coming to Missouri Mr. McNatt married Miss Mary T. Cummings, and by her became the father of ten children, nine now living: Charles C., Etta, Richard, Daniel, Jasper, Mary, Margaret E., Ida and Ernest; George is deceased. Mr. McNatt moved to Lawrence County, Mo., December 3, 1856, and settled on Elm Branch, three miles north of where he now lives. He remained there but two years, and after living in this county for four or five years, went to Madison County, Ark., where he remained a year. From there he went to Dallas County, Mo., and after three years he moved from there to this county, where he has since resided. November 11, 1863, he enlisted in Company E, Sixth Missouri Cavalry Volunteers, and after eleven months’ service was discharged on account of disability. He was in the battle of Jackson and others of importance. He has a farm of eighty acres, sixty-three under cultivation, with indications of lead. Mr. McNatt is a member of the Masonic fraternity, I. O. O. F., K. of P., and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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