Amos W. Maupin (1827 MO-1900 MO)
Colonel of the 47th MO Infy USV

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In a work of this character, a notion of early settlers and prominent citizens is always appropriate. The life of Col. Maupin falls under each of these heads, and we subjoin a brief sketch of his life and family. He represents one of the oldest families of the county. His father, John Maupin, was born in Madison County, Kentucky, and came here in 1806 with his father, also named John. He was married to Miss Mary Greenstreet, the daughter of Wm. Greenstreet, who was also another of the first settlers of the county. He died here in 1863, and his widow departed this life in 1877. They raised six out of a family of twelve children, all of whom were characterized by native energy and talent. The name Maupin is derived from France, from whence some of the name came to the United States. They were early settlers of the colony of' Virginia, and took an active part for the cause of national independence during the Revolutionary War. Some of the descendants afterwards settled in Kentucky, and from there the family extended to Missouri.

Amos W. Maupin was born 26 April 1827 in Lyon TWP, Franklin Co., MO the son of John and Mary (Greenstreet) Maupin. One of his brothers was John W. Maupin (2nd Lt. and 1st Lt. 26th MO Inf. & Capt. 47th MO Inf.). His early days were spent on his father's farm, and on reaching the ago or manhood he began blacksmithing, in connection with wagon making, a business he followed when he moved to Union in 1848 and continued for a period of fifteen years, accumulating in the meantime a handsome estate. Amos served as a deputy sheriff under R. R. Jones from 1854 to 1858 and sheriff and county collector from 1858 to 1862.

At the beginning of Civil War he espoused the Union cause, though a Southerner and a slaveholder, believing the unity of the nation worth more than the institution of slav­ery. He was a member of the state convention of 1861, which decided on the relation of the state to the Federal government. He went into the war in 1861, first as Captain of Co.B Franklin Co. Home Guard (Federalized Reserve Corp by Lyon) serving from 13Jun1861 to 13Sep1861. He was appointed by Secretary Cameron Colonel of the 26th MO Infy USV serving from 1Oct1861 to 19Mar1862. In 1863 he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 47th MO Infy USV serving from 16Sep1864 to 25Nov1864 and promoted Colonel 47th MO Infy USV serving from 25Nov1864 to 28Mar1865. In 1865 he was commissioned by Gov. Fletcher, brigadier general, and was confirmed by the State senate, though he did not accept the proffered honor, believing the appointment unnecessary. During the war his property was almost entirely sacrificed, through the derangement of business and the loss of debts.

In 1865 he was appointed clerk of the circuit court and ex-officio recorder, and was elected to the same office in 1866, holding till 1870. In 1870 he organized the Fort Scott & St. Louis Railroad Company, and was made its President, an enterprise deeply needed by Franklin County, but which was defeated, principally, by the panic of 1873. He was admitted to the Franklin Co. Bar in 1874 and helped many Civil War soldiers obtain pensions but he never sought out one for himself. He also studied the mineral interests of the county and has made it a business for several years to open and develop mineral de­posits.

He married first on 14 March 1849 in Franklin Co., MO to Harriet Ellen Bridges (b.10 Aug 1829 VA) the daughter of Andrew Watson and Elizabeth (Leach) Bridges. They had two daughters and Harriet d.1852. Amos married second on 25 June 1859 in Franklin Co., MO to Addie M. Bullock (b.25 August 1836 Chillicothe, OH) the daughter of Leo and Frances M. Bullock. They had three children and Addie d.10 October 1869 and is buried with Amos. Amos d.1 July 1900 in Union and is buried with Addie at the Union City Cemetery in Union, Franklin Co., MO.

Amos was a vigorous thinker, an easy talker, and a fine conversationalist; he has the talents for a statesman, the shrewd ability necessary to a lawyer, and a memory to be envied by a historian. If any thing is wanting in his natural endowments, it is a want of confidence in his own abilities, and moiety of executive force when working for his own promotion.

Children of Amos and Harriet (Bridges) Maupin: Children of Amos and Addie (Bullock) Maupin: References: Data Compiled by the MO Commandery of MOLLUS

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