Prominent among the general farmers and large landholders of Jasper county is John Wampler, who resides on section
29, in Marion township, and was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, five miles northwest of Dayton, on December 18,
1829. His grandfather was David Wampler, who was born in Maryland and was a farmer there. He was a prominent member
of the German Baptist church and came of German ancestry. Philip Sampler, the father of our subject, was born in
Frederick county, Maryland, about thirty miles from Baltimore, January 10, 1790. He was a carpenter by trade and
was employed in Baltimore. About 1824 he removed to the vicinity of Canton, Ohio, where he lived a short time,
removing thence to Dayton where he followed agricultural pursuits until his death in the eighty ninth year of his
age. He was a most worthy man and a prominent minister in the German Baptist church. The mother of our subject
was, prior to her marriage, Catherine Royer, and she was born in Maryland, in February, 1797, a daughter of Peter
Royer, who was born in Pennsylvania and was a consistent member of the German Baptist church.
John Wampler was the fifth son in the family of twelve children born to his parents, and he was reared on the home
farm. His school advantages were the best afforded by the locality and the time, these consisting of a pretty thorough
knowledge of the rudimentary branches of learning. On December 18, 1851, Mr. Wampler was married to Susannah Miller,
whose father had located in Ohio when she was eighteen years of age, coming thither from Pennsylvania. Mrs. Wampler
died in 1896, having been the kind and loving mother of ten children, their names being: Mary; Benjamin; Margaret;
Daniel; Wilson; Susanna, deceased; Elizabeth; Emma; Catherine; and Ira. A remarkable fact is that none of the children
or thirty four grandchildren have died through illness, but two died by accident.
Mr. Wampler came to Jasper county October 8, 1873, and located on the farm which he now occupies. Prior to this
he had spent some fifteen years in the nursery business in Ohio. He invested extensively in land, at one time owning
one thousand acres, and had four hundred acres in one body; he now retains but one hundred and sixty seven acres
for his own use, having sold and given his children the remainder. Mr. Sampler was reared in the faith of the German
Baptist church. He lives somewhat retired from active labor, and is justly regarded as one of the substantial men
of this locality.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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