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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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 DUDMAN, farmer and stock-raiser, post-office Carthage, was born in Sussex, Eng., Dec. 18, 1822. When Mr. Dudman was an infant his parents immigrated to the United States, landing in New York in the spring of 1833. His father was a miller and cast about for a situation in that business, going to Bourbon county, Ky., from there to Charlestown, Clark county, Ind., and was drowned in Crawford county, when our subject was yet of tender years, leaving a family of four children. His mother not having the means to rear and educate him properly, he was adopted into the family of Absalom Wood, of Crawford county, Ind., where he was reared and received a limited education at the subscription schools. He also acquired the gun and locksmith trade, and on attaining his majority he went to Clay county, Ill., and opened a gun-shop near Xenia, investing his savings in land. He was married there in 1842 to Miss Sally Beatly, a native of South Carolina. She died in 1852, leaving seven children. From this time Mr. Dudman turned his entire attention to farming, and he owned and improved a farm of 300 acres. He was married the second time in this county March 25, 1857, to Mrs. Eliza Stipp, a native of Indiana. In 1870 Mr. Dudman sold his farm in Illinois, and immigrated to southwest Missouri, and settled in Newton county, where he engaged in stock-dealing quite extensively. He became a citizen of Jasper county in 1878, purchasing the fine farm he now owns and occupies, consisting of 530 acres of good ground, which contains some mineral, and is situated on Center Creek. He has recently turned his attention to raising and selling mules. His wife died in this county Jan. 1, 1879, leaving four children. Mr. Dudman was originally an Andrew Jackson Democrat, but has recently become identified with the Greenback, or anti-monopoly party. He is a self-made man, starting in life a poor boy, and by his own efforts and the blessings of a kind Providence today owns one of the best farms in Jasper county. He takes an active interest in affairs pertaining to the welfare of the county and public at large, is a good business man, and a highly respected citizen.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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