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Stephen L. McAtee


Stephen L. McAtee, a merchant of Cinque Homme Township, Perry Co., Mo., is a son of Henry and Maria (Manning) McAtee. Henry McAtee was born in Bardstown, Ky., in 1801, and received his education in subscription schools.

His youth was spent in assisting in his father's farm in Kentucky, and he came with his parents to Missouri in 1819, and settled on a farm in Perry County. He was married about 1820, after which he purchased and located on land north of Perryville. He soon after removed to land south of the town, and still later to a farm of eighty acres five miles east of Perryville. Here he established a home for himself and family, an afterward became the owner of 1,040 acres of choice land.

His wife, Maria Manning, was born in Maryland in 1805, and came to Missouri with her parents. To Henry McAtee and his wife were born twelve children viz.: Henry (who died in infancy), Elizabeth (the wife of Isidore Moore, Jr.), Teresa (wife of William Moore), Thomas (deceased), Clarissa (an infant, deceased), Henry, Marks, Stephen L., Rufus, Mary (wife of Thomas Brewer) and William D. (deceased).

Stephen L. was born on the old homestead in Perry County in 1838, and received his education in the free schools and St. Mary's Seminary. His father died in 1859, leaving him to take charge of the farm and his mother.

When twenty-five years of age he married Isabella Slaughter, of Wittenberg, Perry County. She was the daughter of Robert and Evelina (Fennick) Slaughter, and was born in 1845. She received a good education in St. Vincent's Female Seminary of Cape Girardeau.

After his marriage Mr. McAtee remained with his mother two years, and then removed to 160 acres of land given him by his father. His wife died in 1873, leaving four children: Joanna M., Eulilia O., Robert H. and Stephen M.

After the death of his father Mr. McAtee quit the farm and remove to Grand Tower, Ill., where he was engaged in teaming until March, 1875, when he returned to Perry County and exchanged his land for a half interest in the store of John F. Dickinson. Since then Mr. McAtee has been in partnership successively with Albinus Moore, James W. Hart, R M. Slaughter and Joseph T. Shelby, his present partner.

About 1877 he married Teresa Dunker, a native of the county, born in 1861. She received her education in the public schools and Ursaline College of Perry County. To this union have been born five children: Rosa M., William A., Philip L., John A. and Walter A.

During the war Mr. Atee [sic] served in the militia for three years. He is a Democrat in politics, and has held the office of justice of the peace for twelve years. The family are Catholics.

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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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