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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Macon County, Missouri History published in 1884 by The National Historical Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

SINGLETON LYLE KASEY (Post-office, Kaseyville) . Mr. Kasey is the son of Singleton Lyle Kasey, Sr., who was born October 1, 1796, near Liberty, in Bedford county, Va. He was a farmer, raising principally tobacco. He first emigrated to Kentucky, and in 1868 to Missouri, where he has since died. His wife was the daughter of James Boatright, a farmer on the Cumberland river, Va., who also moved to Kentucky. Mr. Kasey's grandfather, Alexander Kasey, Sr., was also a native of Bedford county, Va., while his great-grandfather, James Kasey, Sr., was from Ireland. The latter fought in the Revolutionary War, and was in the battle of Guilford Court House, Gate's Depot, and at Yorktown. Mr. Kasey himself was born June 8, 1838, in Breckinridge county, Ky. He received a liberal education in the higher English branches as well as in Latin and French at a high school at Big Spring, in Meade county. In 1866 he moved to Missouri and settled at Kaseyville, Macon county. He is a farmer and also a merchant. Since 1867 he has held the office of postmaster, with which he combines the duties of notary public. On the 6th of November, 1878, Mr. Kasey married Miss Octavia Stanley Hall, daughter of Judge William Augustus Hall. The Judge was born in Maine, but was taken when a child to Virginia. He was raised at Harper's Ferry and educated at Frederickstown, Harvard [Cambridge] and Yale. At the latter place he studied law, and moving in 1835 to Missouri, settled in Randolph county. He was a representative in Congress for two terms. For 15 years he, with marked ability, graced the office of circuit judge. Mrs. Kasey's grandparents on both sides by her father were from England; her mother, Miss Octavia Stanley Sebree, was one of the fairest flowers of that land of gorgeous bloom, Florida; she was a native of Pensacola, but left it when a girl of 16. She was married July 29, 1847. Mrs. Kasey, a lady of fine natural gifts and brilliant accomplishments, was educated with unusual care. She first attended Mt. Pleasant College, in Randolph, and afterwards the Convent of the Visitation, at Frederick City, Md. She took a thorough course, including music and French, and graduated with the highest honors. Mr. and Mrs. Kasey have two children, a son, James Singleton, aged three years, and a daughter, Sebree Preble, aged two. This is one of the most cultivated, polished and interesting families in the township. Mr. Kasey is possessed of fine mind, charming address and a boundless stock of information. But few men have more influence. He is a member of the A. F. and A. M., and in 1877 was a delegate to the grand lodge. Mr. Kasey's grandmother, wife of A. Kasey, was Lurana Shaon, of Virginia. His great-grand-mother, wife of James Kasey, Sr., was Mary Kennedy. Mrs. Casey 's grandmother, mother of Hon. William A. Hall, was Statira Preble, of Maine. Her grandmother, wife of Capt. William Sebree was Miss Ann Brickell, of North Carolina.

This family biography is one of 366 biographies included in the History of Macon County, Missouri published by The National Historical Company in 1884.  For the complete description, click here: Macon County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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