Biography of C. C. McLemore of Washington Township

C. C. McLemore, born in 1837 in Monroe County, East Tennessee, was the son of John and Delila (Bredon) McLemore. The family moved to Dade County, Missouri, in 1852, where John McLemore, a farmer and blacksmith of Scotch descent, died in 1880, and Delila in 1868. C. C. McLemore, the third of ten children, received a common school education. In January 1868, he married Sarah A. Ragsdale, whose parents, Joshua and Sarah Ragsdale, were early settlers in Dade County. C. C. McLemore had eight children, five sons and two daughters. After a successful seven-year stint in the Colorado stock business starting in 1863, he returned to Dade County, where he owned 837 acres, with 350 under cultivation. An extensive stock dealer, he specialized in short-horned cattle and Clydesdale horses. A Democrat, he was active in Masonic organizations and was a prominent and wealthy farmer in Dade County. His wife, Sarah, was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

C. C. McLemore, of Washington Township, was born in Monroe County, East Tennessee, in 1837. His parents were John and Delila (Bredon) McLemore, of Tennessee, where they lived till 1852, when they came to Dade County, where the father died in March 1880, and the mother, June 30, 1868. Mr. McLemore was a well-to-do farmer and blacksmith, of Scotch descent. The subject of this sketch was the third of six sons and four daughters, all living but one daughter. He received a common school education, and in January 1868, married Sarah A., daughter of Joshua and Sarah Ragsdale, natives of South and North Carolina, respectively, who went to Tennessee when young, and came to Dade County in 1837, where they spent the remainder of their lives. They were among the first white settlers, coming when the country was wild and new. Mr. C. C. McLemore has had a family of eight children, five sons and two daughters now living. In 1863 he went to Colorado, and for seven years was engaged in the stock business there with success. Since his marriage he has lived in Dade County, where he has 837 acres in different farms, 350 of which is under cultivation. He is an extensive stock-dealer and is engaged in breeding short-horned cattle and fine Clydesdale horses. He is a Democrat, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 446, A. F. & A. M., of Royal Arch Chapter No. 37, and of Constantine Commandery No. 27, and is one of the wealthy citizens and practical farmers of Dade County. Mrs. McLemore is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.


Goodspeed, History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Missouri; Chicago, The Goodspeed publishing co., 1889.

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