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John P. McManus Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

John P. McManus Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • John P. McManus, a progressive young farmer of Lorance Township, Bollinger County, Mo., was born in Liverpool, England, in 1852, and is a son of Patrick and Ann (Riley) McManus. The family immigrated to American in 1854 and located in Philadelphia, where they resided several years. Patrick McManus was a sailor, and made two trips back to the old country after locating in Philadelphia. The Riley family, to whom he was related, started west to find them a home, and, being wagon makers by trade, would stop at different towns on the route and work at their trade, thus paying their traveling expenses. They stopped at Keokuk, Iowa, where Patrick McManus engaged on a steamer plying between that port and St. Louis. While making one of these trips he was drowned. His family remained in Philadelphia two years after his death, when in the summer of 1859, they came to Missouri. There were four children, three of whom, Charles (who married Alice McGee), Margaret (deceased wife of William Nelson, also deceased) and John P., were born in Liverpool. Mary A., the youngest child, now the wife of Willard Caveness, was born in Philadelphia in 1856. She now resides in Hopkins County, Ky., and her mother makes her home with her. John P. grew to manhood in Cairo, Ill., where for several years he attended school. His brother and the Rileys also made that city their home during the war. In 1867 John P. came back to Bollinger County and farmed a few years on land entered by his mother. His marriage with Miss Mattie Liley was celebrated in 1871. The latter is a daughter of Maston Liley, an old resident of Bollinger County. Soon after his marriage Mr. McManus purchased a tract of woodland, upon which he erected a nice little house and build commodious out-buildings. He has made it a model farm, one of the prettiest in his vicinity. Everything about it betokens thrift, enterprise and pride. Mr. McManus has a good practical education, and has done a great deal of surveying in his county. For the past eleven years he has served as clerk of Lorance Township. He and his wife have three bright children, Harry, Maggie and Mollie. Mr. McManus has studied medicine for over five years, and has one of the finest libraries in the county. [p. 839]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 839]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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