Holt County, MO Biography
Captain W. W. FRAZER, farmer and businessman of Benton township,
is a Pennsylvanian by birth. His grandfather immigrated to America
from Scotland and settled near Pittsburg in western Penn. Capt.
FRAZER'S father, Andrew FRAZER, was born at Brownville, Fayette
Co., Penn. His mother, Anna Wilson FRAZER, of Dauphin Co., Penn.
was the daughter of an Irish emigrant. Andrew FRAZER moved to
the Cumberland Valley in Penn. and located on a farm near Shippensburg
in Cumberland Co. where W. W. Frazer was born Jan. 27, 1824. He
was the third of nine children. He grew up in his native county
and obtained a good English education in the schools of the area.
When about age 18, he became an apprentice in the tanning
business. After learning the business, he moved to Newburg in
the same county and carried on his own tanning business for 18
years. He married Mary Ann MICKEY, of Cumberland Co., on Jan.
4, 1848. At an earlier age, he had served for several years as
captain and major of a company of Shippensburg volunteer troops;
it was from this service he gained his title. During the Civil
War, he was appointed U. S. Marshall for the ninth district of
Penn. and acted in that capacity from the beginning of the war
until 1864. He quit the tanning business in 1868 and moved west
with the intent to engage in farming and stock feeding and trading.
He reached Holt Co. in the fall of 1869 and the following spring
settled where he now lives near Mound City. He has engaged in
farming and the stock business. Instead of investing his capital
in a large amount of land, he has kept it in stock and obtained
quick returns on his money. This has proven a profitable system
in an area such as Holt Co. which still has good ranges for stock.
He has eight children. Formerly an Old Line Whig, he became a
Republican upon the dissolution of the Whig party.