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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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R. M. Bugg was born near Columbus, Ga., April 10, 1835. His father, Peter T. Bugg, was a native of the same State and a farmer by occupation. The maiden name of his mother was Anna C. Ellis, also of Georgia. There were eleven children in the family, Richard M. being the tenth child and sixth son. He was reared in his native State on a farm, which vocation he followed until the firing of Sumter. Although no secessionist, he was among the first to respond to the call to take up arms in defense of the South. He enlisted in the Second Georgia Battalion, and participated in all the hard-fought battles in which his command was engaged, among others Gettysburg, Petersburg, and the battles around Richmond. He served with honor until the close of the war, and after the restoration of peace located in Washington County, Mo., September 18, 1865. He subsequently became associated with Mr. James Long in selling goods and in mining and smelting. In 1878 Mr. Bugg severed his connection with Mr. Long, and his brother, J. P. Bugg, became associated with him; they have since done a large and satisfactory business and achieved a well-earned reputation for fair dealing. Mr. Bugg was married June 9, 1870, to Miss Annie W. Cole, a native of Washington County, Mo., and a daughter of Capt. George B. and Mary (Otes) Cole, natives, respectively, of Virginia and England. George B. Cole’s family of children are named: William G., George J., Philip S., John W., Susan S., Ellen D., Annie W. and Jennie T. One daughter, Mary C., is deceased. Mrs. Bugg’s father, Capt. George B. Cole, was one of the early settlers of Washington County. He was born in Botetourt County, Va., October 17, 1805. In 1829 he visited the Upper Lead Mines, and located at Mineral Point, then in the territory of Michigan, now Wisconsin, where he was married to Miss Mary Otes, May 15, 1831. The result of this union was nine children. During the Black Hawk War Capt. Cole served as quartermaster under Col. Henry Dodge, and returned to Missouri in 1832. In 1833 he commenced steam-boating and met with such success that in 1834 he was interested in building and running seven steamboats, in which business he continued with satisfactory success until 1843. Politically, he was a Democrat; he was twice elected to the office of county judge, and represented Washington County in the Legislature two terms. In 1885 death entered his dwelling and deprived him of his wife, a woman whose worth endeared her to all her acquaintances. Capt. Cole died December 7, 1886, and in his death the community lost a good citizen, his children an affectionate father, and the church a consistent member.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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