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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JACOB A. LOOP was born in Clermont county, Ohio, Jan. 4, 1826, where he lived his boyhood days until a young man. In 1851 he came to the Southwest and stopped at St. Louis, returning for a time to Ohio, and then back again to Louisiana, Mo., where he resided for some years. In 1861 he enlisted in the Fifteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteers, serving about three years. He spent about three months in Libby Prison, and has some interesting mementoes of this infamous prison-house of suffering and starvation. He is a life member of the “Andersonville Prison Association,” a memorial society of those who survived the outrages of this terrible ordeal of a barbarous treatment in a boasted land of civilization. He was married while in the service to Carrie J. Moreland, in 1863, who was born in Cumberland county, Penn., in Dec, 1842, and there raised. The children’s names are Clara B., Clarence (who died in 1876), and Ella M. Both Mr. and Mrs. Loop and daughters are members of the Baptist Church of Smithfield. He is a member of the Odd Fellows, and a strong worker in temperance societies. By trade he is a carpenter and wheelwright, also the proprietor of the Smithfield House; is the only furniture dealer in the town, and owns a residence and other town property as well. Mr. Loop has built some of the finest buildings in the county. Being of a genial disposition he is sure to make many friends; and the estimable landlady, with a friendly regard for the comfort of her guests, as well as a generous provider, renders the stranger and traveler at home.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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