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Charles L. McCrary was born in Daviess County, Missouri, January 23, 1844. He is the son of Ephraim McCrary, who was born in North Carolina, March 1, 1820, and came to Daviess County in youth, where he died October 30, 1861. Charles’s mother, whose maiden name was Rebecca Linville, was born in Ray County, Missouri, in May, 1825, and is now living with our subject. Charles remained in his birthplace in Monroe Township until twelve years of age when his parents removed to Sheridan Township where the family settled. After being here about four years our subject’s father died. Charles remained on the farm until August, 1862, when he was enrolled in the militia, and was on duty at intervals for eight months. He next enlisted in Company A, First Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, in command of James McPherson, and remained on duty until the close of the war. During his term of service he was in several noted skirmishes. After the war he returned home.
On April 29th, 1866, he was married, by Rev. T. Swisher, to Miss Elizabeth Neal, whose father, William Neal, was born in Darke County, Ohio, December 5, 1817. Her mother, whose maiden name was Margaret Irving was born in Darke County, Ohio, October 25, 1818. Since Mr. McCrary was, married he has been engaged in farming and stock-raising.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. McCrary has been blessed with seven children,. all of whom are now living. Their names are Grant, Sherman, Walter E., Etta M., David M., George, and one not named.
Charles L. McCrary