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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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Samuel C. Crawford, one of the leading merchants of Webster County, Mo., was born in Washington County, Ark., November 4, 1860, being the son of Samuel C. and Elizabeth (Harron) Crawford, natives of Tennessee and Washington County, Ark., respectively. The father was born May 20, 1818, and the mother October 29, 1825. He is a farmer, has followed this occupation all his life, is a Democrat in politics, was justice of the peace for three years, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church. He served in the Confederate service during the war, and was a brave and gallant soldier. He and wife are now living, and are residents of Washington County, Ark. They were the parents of thirteen children, ten of whom lived to be grown, and nine now living. Of this family Samuel C. is the youngest. He remained with his parents until 1882, when he began for himself by farming and dealing in stock in Washington County, Ark. The same year he came to Missouri, locating in Webster County, and October 4, 1884, engaged in merchandising. He carries a stock of goods valued at from $2,000 to $2,500, with annual sales that equal from $8,000 to $12,000. In connection with his mercantile business he also buys and handles a great deal of railroad ties and lumber. November 25, 1877, he married Miss Tobitha M. Alexander, a native of Morgan County, Mo., born in 1857, and the daughter of H. H. Alexander. Two children have blessed this union: Martha Elizabeth and Samuel L. Mr. Crawford is a Democrat in his political views, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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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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