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Simeon S. Tucker


Simeon S. Tucker, a well-to-do farmer and stock raiser of Perry County, Mo., was born in 1839, and is a son of Josiah and Sarah (Miles) Tucker both natives of Perry County.

Josiah Tucker was a farmer by occupation, and lived and died in his native county. His wife was born in 1812, and died on January 5, 1877. She was followed by her husband in 1880. They were among the first people born in what is now Perry County and were the parents of eleven children, only one of whom is dead.

Simeon S. was reared on his father's farm. During the war he served about fourteen months in Company B Sixty-fourth Missouri Home Guards.

He was married in January 25, 1864 to Mary A. Cissell, a native of the county, born on May 15, 1845. Her parents, Joseph and Mary Cissell, were natives of Kentucky, born in 1792 and 1801 respectively.

Joseph Cissell came with his parents to Missouri in 1802 where he married afterward and located on a farm. He died on March 22, 1878, followed by his wife on January 15, 1883. Of their eight children only two are living: Mrs. Tucker is the mother of five children: Mary, Joseph E., Clara, Mary B., and Grace M. The eldest daughter is now attending the Visitation Convent, St. Louis.

Mr. Tucker is an enterprising farmer and owns 400 acres of fine land. In politics he is a Republican. From 1880 to 1884 he served as public administrator of the county. He and family are communicants of the Catholic Church.

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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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