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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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Robert Sevier Crum, a farmer and stock-raiser of Jackson Township, Maries County, was born in Greene County, Tenn., September 5, 1828, and is a son of John and Jennie (Roberts) Crum. John Crum, who was a farmer and miner, was born in Tennessee about 1778, and when young moved with his father, who was a native of Germany, to Greene County, Tenn., where the father died in 1835. John Crum was married in Tennessee, and was accidentally killed while working in an iron mine in 1838. The mother of our subject was a native of North Carolina, and was of English descent; after the death of Mr. Crum she married Jeremiah Roberts. Mrs. Roberts died about 1870; she was the mother of fourteen children, twelve by her first husband, of whom Robert S. was the youngest but one. He was reared on the farm, and lived with his mother until nearly twenty-four years of age. August 12, 1852, he married Elizabeth Hutchison, who was born in Greene County, Tenn., in 1829, and was a daughter of Joseph and Rachel (Meyers) Hutchison, natives of Greene County, Tenn., who immigrated to Maries County, Mo., in 1853, and located in Johnson Township. To this union were born seven children, viz.: Rachel J., wife of James Malone; John F.; Mary E., wife of James Copeland; Joseph P., George W., Lanettie, and William J. In 1853 Mr. Crum left his native State and immigrated by wagon to Maries County, Mo., with a company of about fifty, the journey requiring some six weeks. In 1854 Mr. Crum located on the tract upon which he now resides, which is on the Cooper branch of the Gasconade River, better known as “Cowell Hollow;” he rented his farm until about 1870, when he bought 114 acres, and has since added acre after acre and tract after tract until he has become the owner of 2,000 acres, and is one of the most extensive farmers in Maries County; he has 400 acres of land under cultivation, and his farm is well improved with fences and buildings, etc. He devotes considerable attention to stock-raising, in which he has been very successful, now owning 130 head of cattle and other stock. In February, 1870, Mr. Crum lost his wife. In April, 1871, he married Harriet Agnes Collins, nee O’ Neal, who was born in England in 1829. They have one child, Harriet Agnes. Mr. and Mrs. Crum are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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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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