JAMES R. TROUP.
One of the prominent and substantial citizens of Webb City, Jasper county, is James R. Troup, who resides on a
farm of one hundred and ninety acres just beyond the city limits, where he has engaged in agricultural pursuits
for the past sixteen years. Prior to that he owned the land upon which Prosperity. now stands, and opened up the
rich Troup mines.
The birth of Mr. Troup occurred in Monroe county, Missouri, and he was a son of Jacob and Catherine (Willis) Troup,
the former of whom located in Monroe county in 1832. He moved there from Franklin county, Virginia, became widely
known and universally respected, and was a leader in the Baptist church. His death occurred in 1864, at the age
of seventy seven years. The mother of our subject was a native of Franklin county, Virginia, both died in Missouri,
when her son was sixteen years old.
James R. Troup was reared and educated in Monroe county, Missouri, and there became prominent in public affairs.
On May 8, 1867, he came to Jasper county, Missouri, and bought forty acres of land at Prosperity, which proved
rich in mineral deposit. From his first location here Mr. Troup has taken an active intetest in this locality and
soon became identified with its political, religious and educational affairs. An active Democrat, he has exerted
a great influence and has taken a leading position in every campaign. He has been connected with the Baptist church
since youth, and was one of the founders of the Webb City Baptist College, which was established in 1895. He has
been a member of the board and its treasurer ever since, and has devoted time and money to it. He has also had
a controlling interest in its faculty, and his liberality in this connection is well known. For many years he has
been a deacon in the church and has been deeply interested in the work of the Sunday school, for a long period
acting as its superintendent. The college will long stand as a testimonial to his devotion to his church and the
cause of education. The building is one of the finest in this section, costing forty thousand dollars, and accommodating
a large number of pupils.
Mr. Troup was married in Monroe county, Missouri, to Miss Lucy Jane Greening, who was a daughter of James Greening,
formerly of Kentucky. The children born to this marriage are: Emma J., of Webb City; Thomas, of Joplin township,
engaged in farming and drilling; Oscar H., of Webb City; Maggie, wife of Albert Litt, in the oil business, in this
city; Cora, wife of A. S. Kerr, a successful miner of Joplin township; and Walter, at home with his father.
Mr. Troup is a man of large means and of advanced ideas. He has done much to promote the interests of this section
of the state, and is probably one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of Jasper county.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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