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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Lewis S. Cass, farmer, stock raiser and trader of East Dallas Township, was born in Madison County, N. Y., November 3, 1837, being a son of Hon. Dudley Cass, who was born and reared in New Hampshire. The latter went to New York when a young man, and there met and married, in Madison County, Miss Martha Robbins, who was also a native of New Hampshire. In 1843 Mr. Cass moved with his family to Wisconsin, settling in Kenosha County, where he made a farm and reared his family, then came to Missouri, and lived with his son in Springfield until 1870. His death occurred in 1884, at the age of seventy-three years. He served as colonel in a company of militia at one time, and was a member of the Wisconsin Legislature one term. His widow survives him, and resides in Springfield with her daughter, Theresa A. Cass, a maiden lady. Her two sons are Lewis S. and Kimble, the latter being a resident of the old homestead in Wisconsin. Lewis S. Cass was reared to manhood in Wisconsin, and received a good education in the common schools and an academy in Kenosha County, in which institution he took a three years’ course. He afterward engaged in teaching in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois for three years, and afterward located on a farm in Lake County, of the latter State, but at the end of two years removed to Benton County, Iowa, where he spent two years in farming and stock raising. In the spring of 1866 he moved to Missouri, and located in Springfield, where he taught in the public, schools for two years. From 1869 to 1885 he was engaged in merchandising in that city, and while there built two good business blocks and a good brick residence. After selling these he purchased his present farm of 444 acres on Dry Creek, a goodly portion of which is bottom land, and 250 acres are under cultivation. He has a commodious two-story frame residence, two large frame barns and one log barn, very large. In 1862 he was married, in Kenosha County, Wis., to Miss Charlotte Collier, who was born, reared and educated in New York, and by her is the father of six children: Mary, Burdella, Dudley, Emma, Fannie and Lydia. Mrs. Cass is a member of the Baptist Church, and Mr. Cass belongs to the K. of H., and while a resident of Springfield served as city alderman of his ward.

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This family biography is one of 110 biographies included in The History of Webster County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Webster County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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