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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin 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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John T. Crowe, a resident of Franklin County, living nine miles west from Union, the county seat, was born in that county, December 28, 1841, and is the son of Martin L. G. and Jane C. (Jump) Crowe. The father was born in Boles Township, Franklin Co., Mo., in 1818, and is now the oldest native-born citizen living in the county. He has filled various public offices, among which were those of county court clerk, judge of the county court, and assessor for one term. The mother was born in St. Louis County, Mo., November 5, 1822, and is the daughter of Samuel Jump, an early settler of the county. To the marriage of our subject’s parents were born six children, three of whom are now living. Godfrey Crowe, great-grandfather of John T., was a native of Germany, who emigrated to the United States and settled in St. Charles County, Mo., in 1796. Michael Crowe, the grandfather, was a native of St. Charles County, and settled in Franklin County, Mo., in 1808. His father-in-law, James Green, was a prominent man in the early Indian troubles of Kentucky, and was a trusted comrade and companion of Daniel Boone, with whom he came from Virginia. He located in St. Charles County, Mo., in 1796, and was quite a prominent man. Young John received a fair education in the country schools, although his opportunities for doing so were limited. At the age of eighteen he became his father’s deputy in the office of county clerk, where he worked until the breaking out of the war, when he was among the first to respond to the President’s call for three months’ volunteers, enlisting in 1861. In September, 1862, he was mustered into Company E, Twenty-sixth Missouri Infantry, as first sergeant, for a period of three years, and in April, 1862, was commissioned second lieu tenant of his company, in which capacity he acted as adjutant for one year. In May, 1863, while before Vicksburg, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, and later was commissioned captain of Company I of the same regiment, for meritorious conduct, and as such was mustered out at Nashville, Tenn., December 28, 1864. He returned home, and was appointed by the governor as adjutant for the Second Military District of State Troops. He was elected sheriff of Franklin County in 1872, and re-elected in 1874. In 1876 he was elected probate judge, and served until 1880. In 1881 he removed to the farm, and on December 1 of the same year he was commissioned deputy United States revenue collector of the First Missouri District, which position he held for four years, and then resumed farming, at which he is engaged at the present time. He was admitted to the bar in 1868, but devoted but little of his time and attention to the profession of law. January 16, 1866, he married Miss Minerva E., daughter of Asa Breckenridge, an early settler of Franklin County, Mo., and a descendant of the famous Breckenridge family of Kentucky. To this marriage four children were born, all now living. Mrs. Crowe died in 1874, and in 1876 Mr. Crowe married Sarah E., daughter of Madison Hendrick, of Franklin County. To the last union were born three children, all living.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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