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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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John W. McCanse, another successful farmer and stock dealer of Lawrence County, Mo., was born in that county December 18, 1846, and is the son of Andrew G. and Margaret E. (Williams) McCanse, and the grandson of James McCanse. Andrew G. McCanse was married on the farm where his son John W. now lives, and he afterward purchased the heirs’ interest of the same. He served in the State Militia during the war, and rendered effective service. In 1876 he moved to Oregon, where he remained one year, and then went to Washington Territory, and is now living there. He has a fine fruit farm, and is also engaged in farming. Margaret E. Williams was born in Tennessee, and her father, John Williams, was the first settler in Lawrence County. He first located on the farm owned by John W. McCanse, and here filled the office of judge in the early history of the county. To Mr. and Mrs. Andrew G. McCanse were born three children: John W., James A. and Marietta (wife of J. B. Warren). John W. McCanse was educated in the common schools of Lawrence County, and in 1863 he enlisted in Company B, Fifteenth Missouri Cavalry, and was in active duty until the close of the war. In 1869 he married Miss Bettie G. Childres, of Lawrence County, and the daughter of Henry Childres. The fruits of this union were nine children; Emma, Henry, Maggie, Sallie, Vinnie, Lucy, Bessie, Andie and Marietta. Mr. McCanse remained one year on the farm after his marriage, and then went to Dade County, where he followed farming and stock dealing. In 1876 he returned to Lawrence County, and bought a one-half interest in his father’s farm. He owns the undivided half of 400 acres of well-improved land, and makes a specialty of breeding fine stock. He owns a fine Short-horn bull (Arthur), eligible to be registered, and several full-blooded cows. He has a fine half Norman stallion (Black Warrior), and five fine jacks. In politics Mr. McCanse is a Republican, and is an active member of his party. He is a member of Jewel Post No. 118, G. A. R., at Mount Vernon, and he and family worship at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In 1885 he built a fine fish-pond, and stocked it with rainbow trout, and is going to make this a part of his business.

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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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