Biography of George W. McCarty

GEORGE W. McCARTY. This prominent citizen has been a resident of Taney County since 1879, and during that time he has won the respect and esteem of all by his many estimable traits of character. Mr. McCarty was born in Gwinnett County, Ga., February 10, 1845, and was the eldest of a family of six children, born to Larkin and Sarah (Cates) McCarty, natives respectively of North and South Carolina. The elder McCarty was a fine mechanic and followed the woodworking business all his life. He and wife held membership in the Missionary Baptist Church, and were esteemed citizens wherever they made their home. They were married in Georgia in March, 1844, but came to Taney county in 1887. The father was born February 15, 1825, became a Mason at an early date and was a member of the Royal Arch Chapter from 1861 to his death, November 24, 1891, when sixty-six years of age. The mother is still living and finds a comfortable home with our subject. She is now seventy-four years of age, but enjoys comparatively good health. Their children are named as follows: George W., subject; Robert M., a married man, died in Georgia in 1889; lanthaJ., resides in DeKalb County, Ga., and is the wife of Robert Pickins; Rachel H. is the wife of J. A. Brown of Gwinnett County, Ga., and the other children died young.

Until about twenty-four years of age, our subject remained in his native State and then moved to Arkansas, where he made his home until 1879. Thence he moved to Taney County, where he has resided since. He bought the tract of land where he now lives, 330 acres, with 140 acres under cultivation, and as an agriculturist has made a decided success. Self-made and self-educated, all his accumulations have been the result of hard labor and perseverance on his part, and he merits the respect of all. He was first married in Georgia to Miss Martha Shamblee, a native of that State and daughter of John 13. Shamblec. To this marriage was born but one child, and mother and child both died. After locating in Arkansas our subject was married to Miss Nancy C. Gray, daughter of W. B. Gray of Independence County, Arkansas.

Politically Mr. McCarty is a Democrat, and is one of the prominent men of the county. He engaged in general farming and stock-raising when he came to this county, and no man shows better judgment in conducting the farm than he does. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, as is also his wife, who is active in all good work. His farm is located about fifteen miles from Forsyth, is improved in every way, and is a credit to the county. Mr. McCarty is a Mason, a member of Mendota Lodge No. 159, and is quite prominent in social circles.

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