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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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J. S. Lumpkin, farmer and stockman of Saline Township, is a native of Miller County, born in 1861, being the eldest of two children born to W. M. and Malinda (Simpson) Lumpkin, who were also born in Miller County. The father’s early days were spent on a farm, but he afterward studied law, and is now one of the prominent attorneys of Aurora Springs. His wife died at Spring Garden in 1869. The grandparents, John and Elisabeth (Dooley) Lumpkin, were Tennesseeans, and farmers by occupation, and about 1829 came to Miller County, Mo., the grandfather being yet alive and a resident of Cole County. He was on the grand jury before the organization of the county. The maternal grandparents, Robert and Keziah (Greenup) Simpson were Kentuckians, and were also early settlers of Missouri. The grandmother died at Spring Garden two or three years ago. J. S. Lumpkin, whose name heads this sketch, was educated in the Spring Garden Seminary, and attended one term at Pleasant Mount. Up to the age of eighteen years he assisted his father on the farm, but then went to California, where he spent one winter. In 1885 he was married in Miller County to Orella F. Hodge, of Moniteau County, daughter of Anderson and Sarah E. (Longan) Hodge, and soon after settled on the old homestead, and after the property was divided he made his present location. He has about sixty-five acres under cultivation and eighty acres in all. He votes the Democratic ticket, and is the present justice of the peace of Saline Township. He belongs to the Agricultural Wheel at Spring Garden, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church, and are the parents of two children: Leslie Leo and an infant not named. Mrs. Lumpkin’s parents were farmers throughout life, and are now living in Moniteau County. The grandparents, William R. and Eliza Jane (Saling) Hodge, were born in Tennessee and Moniteau County, Mo., respectively, the former coming to Missouri when a young man, and here married. They are now dead. The maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Sarah (Jones) Longan, were Kentuckians, and came to Cooper County, Mo., at a very early day, and later to Moniteau County, where they passed the remainder of their lives.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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