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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Israel H. McGready is a son of Israel McGready, whose long association and prominent connection with the interests of Washington County in various capacities, have combined to make his name equal in prominence to that of almost any other man who has ever made Washington County his home. Israel McGready was born in Gallatin, Tenn., in 1802, and took up his residence in Washington County, Mo., as early as 1818. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and was elected circuit clerk, which office he held for sixteen years, also acting as clerk of the supreme court when that body was held in Potosi. He also held the office of public administrator for several years. He married Miss Lucy McIlvane, a native of Kentucky, and in their family were eight children who grew to maturity, but four of whom are now living, viz.: Edward, Lucy, Sue and Israel H. The father died in 1880, the mother having died in 1868. Israel H. McGready was born in Potosi, Washington County, September 3, 1845. He was reared in his native place, receiving his education there and at McKendrec College, Illinois. He has been largely engaged in manufacturing lumber and farming, having owned, until recently, a very desirable stock farm, which he disposed of to J. F. Boyd, though Mr. McGready still retains the management of the same. He is a genial and whole-souled man, and commands the respect of all who know him.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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