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Alexander Grass


Alexander Grass, a member of a pioneer family of Southeast Missouri was born in Perry County in 1836. He is a son of John and Matilda (Holster) Grass.

The Grass family settled on a Spanish grant near the present town of Brewer, and have been well and favorably known in the county since its earliest settlement. John and Matilda Grass were the parents of eight children: Louise, Elizabeth, Leo, Henry, Andrew, Maria, Ellen and Alexander. The last named has been three times married.

In 1851 he married Caroline Wimsatt, and after her death Mrs. Mary Sapp became his wife. The latter died, and in 1881 Mr. Grass was united in marriage with Rachel Thomas, a daughter of Mrs. Mary Sapp by her first husband, Goodson Thomas. By her first marriage Mrs. Sapp had two children: George (who is dead) and Rachel. By his third marriage Alexander Grass is the father of two children: Mary and Melissa.

During the war Mr. Grass served in the Missouri State Militia, and was honorably discharged at the close of hostilities. He is the owner of ninety acres of good land and is well known throughout the county.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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