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John C. McBride


John C. McBride, dealer in furniture and undertaking goods, Perryville, Mo., was born in Marion County, Ky., in 1826. He is a son of Stephen and Elizabeth (McCauley) McBride, natives of Nelson County and Marion County, Ky., respectively.

Stephen McBride was born in 1802. He was a cabinet maker by trade and also did house carpentering. In 1837 he removed to Perry County, Mo., and located on a farm four miles east of Perryville. While a resident of Kentucky he was captain of a company of Home Militia. He died in 1847.

His wife was born in 1805, and died in 1857 in her native county while visiting her brother. She was the mother of six children, of whom three are living: John C. was the eldest child, and was eleven years of age when he came to Perry County, Mo. When quite young he commenced learning the cabinet and carpenter’s trade under the direction of his father, and after the death of the latter, he managed his business very successfully.

In 1845 he married Miss Teresa McCauley, who was born in Perry County, Mo. in 1828. To them have been born twelve children, seven of whom are living: William S. (a farmer), Charles, J. D., D. S., Mary E. (wife of Leo Tucker), Ellen, (wife of Thomas Moranville), John, Appolonia, and Mary M.

In 1858, Mr. McBride removed to the vicinity of Perryville and in 1862 located in the town. He was engaged in sawmilling and carpentering until 1852, when he commenced merchandising in partnership with J. C. Killian, and afterward with Thomas Layton.

Selling his interest he removed to Silver Lake and engaged in Milling, subsequently resuming merchandising in partnership with Leon J. Prevallet. In 1876, Mr. McBride sold out, and returned to Perryville, and was engaged in agricultural pursuits until February of 1887, when he purchased his present business form J. & L. P. Hooss.

Politically Mr. McBride is a Republican, and was appointed sheriff and collector of Perry County in 1861, being elected to the same office the next year. In 1868 he was elected to represent Perry County in the Legislature. He has also held various minor offices as justice of the peace, postmaster and member of the school board.

In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Fourth Missouri State Militia, and after the organization of the regiment, was made quartermaster, and served six months. He is a member of the G. A. R.

All of the family are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

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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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