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 County, Penn. His mother, Anna Wilson FRAZER, of Dauphin County, 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 County 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 County, 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 County 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 County 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.
Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO," published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky, a former Holt County resident.