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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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WILLIAM WAMPLER, one of the prosperous agriculturists and extensive land-owners of Johnson County, is the fortunate possessor of a beautiful homestead, situated on section 34, Grover Township, where he has four hundred and fifty, acres, all in one body. His residence is a substantial and commodious one of brick, constructed on modern lines of architecture. Few farms in this county are kept up in more thrifty manner or are more inviting and pleasant in appearance than is this one. A life-long resident of the county, Mr. Wampler is well known among his neighbors as a practical business man, and is noted for his industrious and energetic qualities, and also for his uniformly fair treatment of his fellows.

The parents of our subject were Edward and Elizabeth (Stoner) Wampler, both natives of Maryland. When they were mere children, they removed with their parents to Ohio, where they grew up and were married. Until 1856 Edward Wampler carried on a farm in the Buckeye State with fair success, but believing that the West afforded greater opportunities, he removed hither, and, settling in Johnson County, continued to be a resident here until 1874. The remaining fourteen years of his life were passed in Fulton County, Ill., his demise occurring in 1888. His faithful companion and helpmate in the battle of life had been called from his side several years before, about 1873.

William Wampler’s birth occurred on the farm where he is still making his home in 1857, he being the youngest child in his father’s family. He received only a district-school education, and continued to live under the parental roof until reaching his majority, when he embarked in farming on his own account. In 1879 occurred his marriage with Sarah Sprenkle, by whom he has six children. The family- circle is still unbroken, and the children are living at the old home. They are named as follows: Mary E., Annie B., Jacob William, Elizabeth, Leona G. and George Ernest. Mrs. Wampler is a daughter of Daniel and Rebecca (Wolf) Sprenkle, who were natives of Pennsylvania, but later moved to Illinois. There the former’s death occurred, and the latter is still living in Astoria, Ill.

For several years our subject has been a member of Twin Mound Lodge No. 174, K. of P., at Knobnoster. He has never been an aspirant for official positions of trust and honor, and always deposits his ballot in favor of Republican nominees. His wife is a member of the Dunkard Church, and both are esteemed and respected by all who know them.

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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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