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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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W. S. McCloy, farmer, Monticello, Ark. This enterprising and wide-awake agriculturist owes his nativity to Chester County, S. C, where his birth occurred on January 6, 1853, and is now one of the prominent and substantial residents of the county. His parents, Robert and Rebecca Ann (Martin) McCloy, were natives of Ireland and Chester County, S. C, respectively. The father was born near Belfast on May 25, 1825, and died March 8, 1879. He came to the United States when about seventeen years of age, locating in Indianapolis. He was the father of two children by his marriage to our subject’s mother: W. S. and James R. (deceased). By his second marriage to Miss Eliza Ann Cherry, he became the father of four children: M. J. J., Mary Thompson, Anna Jane (now Mrs. R. Henry), and J. D. (a clerk at Monticello). W. S. McCloy commenced for himself in 1879, and on January 15, of that year, was married to Miss Ida Maneese, a native of Drew County, and the daughter of J. W. Maneese, of Monticello. Mr. McCloy came with his father to this county on December 20, 1857, located on the farm where our subject is now living, and which now consists of 377 acres, with 200 acres under cultivation. To Mr. and Mrs. McCloy were born five children: Julia Edna, James Robert (died in 1889), William Melvin, John Samuel and Thomas Shore. The farm, where Mr. McCloy now resides, was purchased by his father of Judge Wells for $1,100 in gold, and at that time there were no improvements and no buildings on it. Mr. and Mrs. Mc Cloy are members of the Presbyterian Church. The paternal grandfather of our subject lived to be eighty-seven years of age, and was a native of Ireland. The grandmother, Mary E. Thompson, was seventy-seven years of age, and died a few days after her husband. The maternal grandfather, Samuel Martin, was a native of Chester County, S. C, was a farmer, and died at the age of sixty years.

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This family biography is one of 83 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Drew County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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