M. C. Crampton, a prominent farmer of Mineral township, Jasper county, was born in Lancaster, Fairfield county,
Ohio, on December 5, 1830, a son of Moses and Susan (Rorback) Crampton. The paternal grandfather was born in England
and died while on his passage to America, three days before the birth of his son Moses. Five days later the mother
died also, and a man by the name of Crampton, or possibly Hampton, took the infant and reared him.
Moses Crampton was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and was taught the trade of a blacksmith. About 1818 he moved to
Lancaster, Ohio, and was the first one to open a smithy in that place, and he also worked with Collins, the ax
maker. He took part in the war of 1812, serving as a private, and paid the sum of five dollars for his own gun.
In 1838 he moved to Crawford county. Illinois, and located at Robinson the county seat, and there began to farm
and raise stock, and also conducted a blacksmith shop. He was one of the prominent Democrats of the town, a great
admirer of Andrew Jackson and was a pious and consistent member of the Presbyterian church. His life extended over
eighty five useful years, although it began under such sorrowful circumstances. His devoted wife, who was the mother
of our subject, was Susan Rorback; who was born in Sharpsburg, Virginia, and lived to the age of seventy five years,
having reared a family of ten children, nine sons and one daughter. Our subject was the youngest of the family
and is its only survivor.
Mr. Crampton was about eight years old when the family moved to Crawford county, Illinois, and he was reared on
a farm and received his education in the district schools, being usually obliged to walk five miles to reach the
school house. At the age of nineteen he went to Hardinville, Illinois, and there entered a shop and began an apprenticeship
to the blacksmith's trade, after which he opened up a shop of his own in Hardinville, remaining there from 1856
to 1861, working at his trade and carrying on general farming. In 1866 he moved to Clark county, Illinois, where
he resided on a farm until 1876, and then came to Jasper county, Missouri. For a short period Mr. Crampton rented
land, but finally located upon the fine farm which he now owns and operates. This contains one hundred and sixty
acres, and here he has made almost all of the valuable improvements and has placed almost all of the land under
In 1857 Mr. Crampton married Barbara Jones, who was born and reared in Ohio, and eight children have been born
to this union, namely: Joseph H., Jasper C., Thornton L., William. Joanna, Mary F., Dora and Cora J. The last named
died when but three months old. Mr. Crampton is well known in Democratic and Masonic circles in Jasper county,
and is one of the highly respected and influential citizens.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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