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W. P. Faherty


W. P. Faherty, an enterprising merchant of Perryville, Mo., is a native of that town, born in 1838. He is a son of Peter and Matilda Faherty, nee Mattingly. His father was of Irish descent, and was born near Baltimore, Md., in 1817. By trade he was a merchant tailor.

About 1885, he settled in Perryville Mo., where he soon after married, and worked at his trade until his death in 1839. His mother was born in Perry County, Mo., in 1815. Her father James Mattingly, was one of the early settlers of the county. To Mr. and Mrs. Faherty were born two sons, William P., being the only one living. After Mr. Faherty's death, Mrs. Faherty married Charles Henjdon, who is now dead.

Faherty secured a good education in the common schools and at St. Mary's Seminary of the Barrens, Missouri, with one year's course at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Chicago. In 1863 he began teaching school and continued two terms. Under the style of Burger & Co., he engaged in general merchandising in Perryville, in 1866. After five years the firm dissolved partnership, and Mr. Faherty continued the business on his own responsibility in which he has been successful.

In 1871, he was united in marriage with Caroline E. DeLassus, a daughter of Leon DeLassus and Mary L. DeLassus, nee Elliott. Mrs. Faherty was born in Perry County, Mo., in 1851. Their marriage has been blessed by the birth of five children: Mary M., Leon P., Lonette M., William W., and Blanche C. Faherty.

Mr. Faherty possesses good business qualities. Besides his property in Perryville, he has considerable land estate in the county. He and family are adherents of the Catholic faith.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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