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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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 W. CLUTTER, who for the past six years has been a resident of a good farm on section 27, township 44, range 27, Johnson County, is one of the substantial farmers and stock-raisers of this community. He inherited qualities of industry and perseverance, and in whatever he has undertaken has succeeded.

Mr. Clutter was born in McLean County, Ill., February 13, 1859, to Isaac J. and Mary A. (Rosencrans) Clutter, the former of whom was born in Ohio. After making his home in the Prairie State for a number of years, he went to Marion County, Ohio, where his decease occurred about 1881. His good wife, who is still living there, was born in 1830. She became the mother of five children, of whom her eldest son, Alfred Ezra, lives in Marion County, Ohio; David Franklin is a resident of McLean County, Ill.; James Oscar is also living in that portion of the state; and Charles Sanford is living upon a good farm in Marion County, Ohio.

The subject of this sketch was reared on the home farm in McLean County, Ill., and at the time of the removal of the family to Marion County he went with them and remained an inmate of the household until attaining his twentieth year. He then began to do for himself, his father having given him his time and a horse. He first secured the rental of a suitable piece of property, and so well did he succeed in this venture that at the end of three years he possessed $500 clear.

Mr. Clutter and Miss Flora J. Quay were married March 22, 1882, and continued to make their home on rented property in the Buckeye State until 1886, when they concluded to try their fortunes in Johnson County, this state. On coming hither Mr. Clutter had in his possession about $3,000 in cash, including the amount received from the sale of his wife’s property. This he invested in one hundred and twenty-one and one-half acres of land, paying cash for the greater amount of it. He lived on this place two years, when he came to his present home. Although not so large a farm, it is well tilled and fertile, and by the admirable manner in which it is improved, is made to yield a good increase.

Mrs. Clutter was born in Marion County, Ohio, October 2, 1863, to Joseph F. and Mary J. (Walton) Quay. She was deprived of the care of her mother when she was very young, and was then taken into the home of her grandparents. When she reached the age of eleven years her grandmother died, after which she lived with an aunt, Mrs. Lovina Robinson, until two years previous to her marriage. Her father is still living, making his home in Morrow County.

The five children who have come to bless the union of our subject and his wife are Mamie Belle, born July 1, 1883; Maude Lovina, September 25, 1885; Lewis Fern, January 26, 1889; Ethel J., July 18, 1892; and Galen Ondo, January 10, 1895. Mr. Clutter is a straightforward Democrat in politics, having voted for the candidates of that party since 1880. Although reared in the faith of the Christian Church, he is now identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church South, to which his wife also belongs. They occupy a high place in the friendship and good-will of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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