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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson 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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Rev. James P. Cape, pastor of the Lebanon and Sandy Baptist Churches, was born in Washington County, Mo., November 25, 1825, and is a son of Maston Cape, who was a native of Kentucky, and one of the pioneers of Washington County, Mo.; he was a miner and farmer and a great hunter, in which vocation his boys were skillfully trained, and some bears, as well as many panthers, wild cats, lynxes, deer, etc., fell before their sure and steady aim. James P. Cape received his education in the log schoolhouse, and his playmates were the Indians. He was reared on a farm, to which occupation he has devoted more or less attention through life; he worked in the mines some for several years, and settled on his present farm in 1848, where he first bought forty acres on time, only five acres of it cleared. He has added to his first purchase from time to time, until he is now the owner of 217 acres, and has given to his children 260 acres. His wife is Laura, daughter of John Breckenridge, and of their eleven children six are living, viz.: John B., George W., William H., Nancy A., James E. and Francis. Mr. Cape has been engaged in pastoral work in the Baptist Church for several years, and has just closed a very successful revival meeting at the Sandy Baptist Church, having received about forty members; he has also been successful in ministerial labors elsewhere. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, a Democrat, politically, and a stanch advocate of temperance.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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