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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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RICHARD H. CRAIN was born in Washington county, Ill., Aug. 20, 1844, where he was raised; coming to Jasper county, Mo., in 1874. He was married in his native county, Nov. 12, 1865, to Sarah J. Roundtree, who was born May 22, 1848. The names of the children are Franklin P., Harry T., Julia A., Laura B., Lyman F., and Carrie. The subject of this sketch owns a farm of 120 acres, 80 acres of it being improved. Forty acres of winter wheat in 1882 averaged 20 bushels, 12 acres of oats, 50 bushels, and 40 acres of corn averaged 40 bushels to the acre. There is a young orchard and other general improvements. Mr. Crain is a man who, although deprived of the advantages of an early education, takes a great pride in the public schools and the literary improvement of his children and the general welfare of the neighborhood. A man of such public enterprise and thoughtfulness justly deserves the praise and the respect of the community.

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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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