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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton 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 M. Carr, farmer at Talmage, is the son of Jacob Carr and the grandson of Jacob Carr, Sr., who was of Scotch-German descent, and a native of Pennsylvania. Jacob Carr, Sr., moved from Pennsylvania and settled in Fayette County, Ohio, in 1817. He then moved to Allen County, same State, and there died. His son, Jacob Carr, Jr., was born in Pennsylvania in 1815, and came to Ohio two years later. He was reared on a farm, and married Miss Sarah Hillyard, who bore him, ten children: Joseph, Margaret, Harriet, Mary, John M., Thomas, Susanna, Catherine, Jane and Jacob. After marriage Mr. Carr settled on a farm in Allen County, Ohio, and here all his family were born, and here his wife died. He then married Miss Susan Stuckey, and by her became the father of two children. In 1858 he moved to Iowa, and there died in Daviess County. He was a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; a hard working man and a good citizen. His son, John M., was born in Allen County, Ohio, in 1836, and was reared on a farm. In 1864, at the age of twenty-seven, he married Miss Mary Jane Umphres, daughter of Silas H. and Lucinda (Russell) Umphres. This union resulted in the birth of six children: Silas Harmon, born in 1865; Joseph Elmer, born in 1866; Jacob Allen, born in 1869; Clarence Edgar, born in 1877; Mary Edna, born in 1878, and Hugh Elbert, born in 1880. After marriage Mr. Carr rented a farm, and in 1869 purchased 100 acres, where he lived five years, and then sold out and moved to Wayne County, Iowa. In 1876 Mr. Carr came to Newton County, Mo., and in 1879 homesteaded eighty acres of land in Van Buren Township, to which he has added enough to make 240 acres. He is a Democrat in his political views; he and family are religious people, but not members of any church. He is an honest, upright citizen, respected by all his acquaintances.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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