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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Carroll County, Missouri History published in 1911 by B. F. Bowen & Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

JEFFERSON J. EARP. The subject of this sketch was born in Tennessee March 16, 1851, and was a son of James M. and Mary Ann (Whittemore) Earp, natives of Tennessee and members of old families of the part of the state in which they lived. James M. Earp, whose birth occurred on the 20th day of January, 1828, moved to Carroll county, Missouri, in 1857, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying on June 3, 1906, his wife preceding him in the year 1904. Jefferson J. Earp was about six years old when his parents moved to Missouri and from that time until his lamented death he lived in Carroll county and in various ways was identified with the interests of the same. He received a good education in his youth and at the age of twenty-two entered upon what proved to be an exceptionally successful career as a teacher, a calling in which he acquired great proficiency both as an instructor and disciplinarian. His popularity is attested by the fact of his having been retained for a number of successive terms in the same districts and his work in the school room was such as to satisfy the most critical and exacting.

Mr. Earp made a careful study of child life and knew how to adapt his teaching to the capacity of his pupils. By gaining their love and confidence he experienced little difficulty in directing their minds and while developing their intellectual powers he also aimed to improve their moral natures so that they might grow up sytntlletrically developed men and women, capable of meeting life's duties and realizing high and noble destinies. Mr. Earp had proper conceptions of the dignity of his calling and during the fourteen years devoted to the same he rose to a high place among the successful teachers of the county and gained a reputation second to few if any of his compeers. He always kept in touch with public affairs, was deeply interested in the leading questions of the times and his reading and observations led him to take broad views of men arid things and to form well grounded opinions on matters of public interest. He was a Democrat in politics and as such was elected county commissioner, which office he held by successive re-elections for a period of eight years. He proved a very capable and obliging official and lost sight of self in his desire to subserve the interests of the public. He was a careful student of the sacred Scriptures and devoutly religious and for a number of years held membership with the Baptist church, the teachings of which he exemplified in his relations with his fellowmen.

Mr. Earp was married on October 28, 1891, to Mary Katherine Queen. daughter of Capt. O. B. and Sarah A. (Scott) Queen, the union being without issue. The life of Mr. Earp was one of high ideals and fraught with much good to those with whom he mingled and to the public at large. He gave his influence and assistance to all worthy enterprises, did his duty at all times freely and fearlessly and ever stood for what made for the best interests of his kind. He died on January 14, 1907, and his loss was greatly deplored by all who knew or came within the sphere of his influence.

Capt. O. R. Queen, father of Mrs. Earp, was born in Washington, D. C., in the year 1823 and grew to maturity in that city. He married, when a young man, Sarah A. Scott, whose birth occurred in the national capital January 2, 1825, and some time before the late Civil war came to Carroll county, Missouri, where he spent the remainder of his life. He enlisted in the Union army as a private at the beginning of the war and by a series of promotions finally rose to the rank of captain, in which capacity he served under Colonels Philips and Crittenden and earned an honorable record as a soldier. Returning to Carroll county at the expiration of his period of service, he located in Carrollton, where his death occurred in the year 1876; Mrs. Queen survived her husband nearly twenty years, departing this life January 22, 1905. Captain and Mrs. Queen had a family of twelve children, the following of whom grew to maturity and became well known in their respective communities: Henry J., of Long Beach, California: Mary Katherine, widow of J. J. Earp; Richard P., who lives in California; Edwina, who occupies the old home; Cora B., wife of G. J. Peltier, of Carrollton; Alice G., deceased; Carrie A., now Mrs. Minor Hale, of Carroll county, and Scioto, who married Doctor Scott, but is now deceased.

This family biography is one of 306 biographies included in the History of Carroll County, Missouri published by B. F. Bowen & Company in 1911.  For the complete description, click here: Carroll County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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