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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries 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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B. F. Crismon, a farmer and stock-raiser of Boone Township, Maries County, Mo., residing ten miles west of Vienna, is a son of James and Frances (Eads) Crismon, both natives of Maries County, Mo., the former of whom was born about 1823, has been a farmer and stock-dealer in his native county all his life, and is still living. B. F. Crismon was the eighth in a family of twelve children, and was born in Maries County in 1861. He received his education in the common schools, and lived with his parents until he reached maturity. In 1879 he married Amanda Taff, who was born in Maries County in 1864, and is a daughter of John and Mahalia Taff, natives of Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Crismon have one child living. Mr. Crismon owns about 770 acres of land, 400 of which are a part of the old homestead, and is located on Little Maries Creek. A few months ago he discovered traces of gold on his farm, and sent some of the soil to Chicago, where it was discovered to contain gold to the value of $78 per ton. He is quite elated over the discovery, as well he may be, and intends mining the mineral as soon as possible. The paternal grandfather of Mr. Crismon was Christ Crismon, and his mother’s father was Benjamin Eads, both of whom were pioneer settlers of Maries County. Mr. Crismon is a Democrat politically.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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