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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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William M. Crump, resident of Niangua, Webster Co., Mo., and a native of that county, born July 15, 1856, is the son of Adam and Mary (Puett) Crump, natives of North Carolina. The father died in Webster County, Mo., December 17, 1862, at the age of thirty-five, and the mother died in the same county April 24, 1884. They were married in North Carolina and came to Missouri in 1849, being among the first settlers of the county. He was a farmer all his life with the exception of a year and a half, 1854 and 1855, when he was in the mines of California, and where he was quite successful. He served a short time in the Federal army, was a Democrat in politics, and both he and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. To their marriage were born four children, three now living: John P., farmer in Webster County, Mo.; William M., and Nancy C., wife of Davis Tuttle, of North Carolina. Mary E. died when three years of age. William M. Crump remained with his mother until after her death, and followed the occupation of a farmer and stock raiser, which he still continues. He is the owner of a well-improved and well-located farm, and is one of the successful and enterprising young farmers of the county. In January, 1878, he chose for his companion in life Miss Winifred A. Dameron, daughter of John S. Dameron, who is a native of North Carolina and an old settler of Webster County, Mo. Mrs. Crump was born in the last named county in 1861, and by her union to Mr. Crump became the mother of four children: Mary A., Ella M., Georgie L. and Inez R. Mr. Crump is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of which he has been class leader.

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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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