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Below is a family biography included in The History of Crawford 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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Christopher Mountz, a well-known farmer of Crawford County, was born in Pennsylvania in 1828, and is the second of the nine children of John and Elizabeth (Gardner) Mountz. He was reared in his native State, served an apprenticeship as foreman, and in 1850 immigrated to Missouri, where he was employed in the old Massey Iron Works for a considerable time. In 1853 he bought 160 acres of land, entering eighty acres more, and the same year was married to Martha M., daughter of George W. Bottorff. Of the thirteen children (six sons and seven daughters) born to this union, two are deceased. Those living are: John G., Desdemona (now the wife of Oren Cranmer), Thomas E., Ellen E., Louis J., Mary Jane (now the wife of Emory Marion), Anna, William S., Charles C., Clara D. and Herbert F. Since the war Mr. Mountz has turned his entire attention to the farm, and now owns 360 acres well under cultivation and 300 acres fenced. He has plenty of stock and a comfortable residence, and is highly respected by all who know him. Though not an office seeker, he served for several years as justice of the peace, and in politics votes the Democratic ticket. Mrs. Mountz is a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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This family biography is one of 117 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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