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William E. McCrory, Cashier of the First National Bank, Charleston, is a son of James McCrory, who came from Harrison Co., Ky., to Coles Co. in 1837; was for two years engaged in business in Charleston, and was for a time Postmaster of this city; he returned to Kentucky in 1839, and remained there until 1850, when he removed permanently, with his family, to this county; he was for eight years County Clerk, and is now a prominent farmer in La Fayette Tp. William E. was born in Cynthiana, Harrison Co., Ky., March 20, 1839; after spending a year as a clerk in the County Clerk’s office, under his father, he became Cashier, at the age of about 17 years, of the Farmers’ and Traders’ Bank, where he remained until 1860, when that bank, in common with the other State banks-being based upon Southern bonds, went down, after which. Marshall & McCrory continued the banking business for about a year; he then served for a time as Deputy County Clerk, under Jacob I. Brown; then clerked for a while for R. M. & H. S. Parcels, .after which he resumed the banking business, as Cashier for the Coles County Bank of T. G. Chambers & Co., and, on the consolidation of that bank with the First National Bank, in 1868, he became Cashier of the latter institution, which position he still retains; he served one year as Town Clerk. He was married March 20, 1860, to Miss Kate Parcels, a daughter of the late John F. Parcels, an early and highly respected citizen of Charleston; they have one son living – Walter P.