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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam 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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Lewis A. Clapper was born in Richland County, Ohio, December 28, 1835, and is a son of Judge Jacob and Hannah (Pierce) Clapper. The father was born in Pennsylvania in 1812, and when a lad went with his parents to Ohio, where he was reared and married. He was a carpenter by trade, and followed that business and wool carding. He located in Scotland County, Mo., in 1839, of which he was elected county judge. In 1884 he removed to Schuyler County, where he is living, aged seventy-five. L. A. Clapper grew to manhood in Scotland County, and received a good common-school education. In 1858 he went to Minnesota, and engaged in the cattle business for two years. He came to Putnam County when a young man, and engaged in the mercantile business with his brother (now deceased) for one year. He then located upon the farm where he now resides. In March, 1862, he was married to Miss Mary E., daughter of Edward Crumpacker, formerly of Virginia, and a substantial man of Putnam County. Mr. Clapper owns 260 acres of well fenced land, 140 in meadow and plow land, and the remainder in timbered pasture. He has a good house, with accompanying out-buildings, and about 250 select apple trees. He is a Democrat, and has served as township collector one term. Mr. and Mrs. Clapper have had six children: Iza L. (wife of Lee Robins), Florence V., Jacob Edward, William Lewis, Pearl Rivers and Henry Odin. Both husband and wife are members of the Christian Church, and genial, hospitable people.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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