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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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C. Augustus Crumbaugh, an attorney of Indian Springs, Mo., was born in McLean County, Ill., on August 2, 1851. He is a son of William H. and Sinah C. (Baldock) Crumbaugh, natives of Kentucky, the latter born on February 22, 1819. They were married in McLean County, Ill., in 1837, and settled on land which the husband had entered in 1836. Mr. Crumbaugh was a son of Daniel and Susan (Winter) Crumbaugh. Daniel was one of ten children of Conrad Crumbaugh, a native of Holland, who was married there and immigrated to the United States in 1781, and served in the latter part of the Revolutionary War, and to them were born the ten children mentioned: Henry, David, Simon, Solomon, Daniel, Peter, John, sons, and Catharine, Barbary and Margaret, daughters. Daniel was born on December 7, 1791, and served in the War of 1812, under Col. Johnson, of Kentucky. Mr. Conrad Crumbaugh after the close of the War of Independence settled near Hagerstown, Md., and died there. Daniel moved to Kentucky and married Miss Susan Winters, and three children were born to this union, viz.: William H., John and Margaret. John volunteered at the first call of President Polk, and died in the Mexican War. Margaret married Thomas Wiley, of Mattoon, Ill. Mrs. Crumbaugh died in 1821, and Daniel married Martha M. Robertson, of North Carolina, to whom was born Leonard A., Daniel T., Thomas J., Francis M., Mary J., Martha, Sarah, Nancy and Sinah, most of whom are now living or have descendants in McLean County, Ill. William H. Crumbaugh was born May 30, 1817, near Georgetown, Ky., and in 1826 went to Illinois, where he passed through all the pleasures and hardships of a pioneer of that country. In the fall of 1868 he sold his property in the county and removed to Johnson County, Mo., locating on a farm near where he still resides. In 1870 he was elected judge of Johnson County, and served two terms. He is a member of the Lodge of Peace, No. 280, A. F. & A. M. Both he and wife are consistent members of the Protestant Methodist Church. They are the parents of seven children, viz.: Virginia A. (widow of John Owen), Rebecca (who died when fourteen years of age), Richard L., James K., Albert J. (who died when seven years old), C. Augustus and Florence D. (Mrs. Vernon Scott). C. Augustus was seventeen years of age when he went with his parents to Johnson County, Mo. His education, which was begun in the common schools, was finished in Warrensburg State Normal. On November 2, 1873, he was united in marriage with Sophronia E. Culley, a native of Johnson County, who was born April 29, 1854. She is a daughter of T. J. and Susan A. (Wasson) Culley, both natives of Howard County, Mo., now citizens of Johnson County, Mo. After Mr. Crumbaugh’s marriage he purchased a farm in Johnson County, on which he located and remained until the spring of 1883, when he sold out and removed to Dodge City, Kas. While there he served as deputy county clerk, and was elected probate judge of Ford County, Kas., serving two terms, after which he engaged in the real estate and insurance business until September, 1887, when he came to Southwest Missouri, locating at Indian Springs in May, 1888. However, he had previously studied law, and was admitted to the bar in November, 1886. Politically he endorses and supports the principles of the Democratic party. He is a Mason, and both he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. They are the parents of five children, namely: Richard V. (deceased), Eva, Charles C. (deceased), Mary S. and T. Guy.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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