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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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J. C. Triplett was born in Monroe County, Mo., in 1830, moved to Sullivan County with his parents when a small boy, and from there came to Putnam County in the fall of 1853, where he has since resided. When of age he began life as a day laborer, soon accumulated a little money, and upon the death of his father inherited forty acres of land and $600 in money; the balance of his property is mostly the result of his own labor and business ability. He has a finely improved farm of 440 acres, upon which he resides (forty acres of which belonged to his wife at their marriage), and is considered one of the respected and well-to-do farmers of the township. In 1862 he enlisted in Company D, First Missouri State Militia Cavalry, and served in 1861 as a home guard. He was first appointed corporal, but for his efficient service was afterward made sergeant, which office he held until March 11, 1865, when he was mustered out at Warrensburg, Mo. He was wounded by Price’s men at Castle Rock, in October, 1864. October 8, 1866, he married Miss Nancy Shelton, daughter of John and Frances (Mason) Shelton, the former of Tennessee, and the latter a native of Virginia. They were reared in Kentucky, moving to Putnam County, Mo., in the spring of 1850. To Mr. and Mrs. Triplett six children have been born: Julia F., Ulysses L., John W., Viola E., Daisy L. and James O. Mr. Triplett is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the G. A. R. He is the third child of five born to James and Frances (Crutcher) Triplett, natives of Virginia, who were reared in Kentucky. They were of Irish and Dutch descent, respectively, and the father served as assessor of Monroe County, Mo., and represented Putnam County in the Legislature one term. Mr. Triplett’s first wife was Miss Nancy Lidick, by whom three children were born. Mrs. Frances Triplett was a daughter of Charles Crutcher, an early settler of Monroe County, Mo.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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