I am descended from Patrick McCarty who moved to Shelby Co. MO from WV in the mid-1800's, and from Robert McKethen who was born in NC, raised in TN and moved to Shelby Co. with his family in the early 1830's.
There is already a story about Robert McKethen that has been posted. Here is a story of Patrick McCarty's death in 1874:
"Pat McCarty, a prominent citizen of of Clarence, was the proprietor of a steam mill, which property he had purchased from its founder, Mr. Wilson. Mr. McCarty was a man of many friends and many enemies. He was a jolly, wholesouled man and one who cherished his home.
On the night of October 6, 1874, Mr. McCarty was seated near a window in his sitting room, where he had been fondling his child on his knee. He had just put down his little one and taken up a newspaper when an assassin fired through the window a heavy charge of bird shot, which penetrated his body, killing him instantly.
A coroner’s jury was impaneled by Esquire Scates and a few days’ investigation ensued, without important results. No clue was ever obtained as to the identity of the perpetrator. Suspicion ran rife, much of it no doubt unjust, but as the victim of a stealthy coward was he shot down before his loved ones."
From "General History of Shelby County, Missouri - 1911" ,Chapter XIII, from Selby County rootsweb http://www.rootsweb.com/~moshelby/index.htm
Let me know if I can help in anyway.
Patty McCarty Kirby